A joint crime intelligence lead operation secured the arrest of seven armed robbers in Groblersdal on Saturday. Police received a tip-off about a business robbery and members from the Tactical Response Team (TRT) laid in wait for the robbers to arrive.
Five of the seven suspects were seen alighting from their vehicle and proceeded to the business premises. On noticing the suspects the police warned them to surrender however they retaliated and started firing back. A gun battle ensued leaving one suspect wounded in the arm. The other four suspects surrendered and subsequent investigations lead to the arrest of a security guard and business assistant believed to be part of the group.
During the shooting, a 62 year-old taxi driver was allegedly shot in the face by one of the suspects while pouring petrol. He was rushed to Groblersdal hospital and is currently in a stable but serious condition.
Meanwhile, three illegal firearms with ammunition and a blue VW Polo were confiscated by the police. The injured suspect was treated at the local hospital and later discharged. The suspects aged between 20 and 49, four from Gauteng and three locals, will appear in the Groblersdal Magistrates’ Court soon facing charges of armed robbery and possession of unlicensed firearms . Police investigations continue.