Robbers meet their match in Ogies

On Thursday, April 13 seven suspects were arrested before they could rob a supermarket in Ogies.

The quiet town of Ogies had a lot of excitement just before Easter weekend.

Suspects were arrested on Thursday, April 13 before they could rob Denis Supermarket.

A spanner was thrown in their works when the police got wind of their plans.

The Provincial Tracking Team together with the Tactical Response Team (TRT) acted on information received.

At the supermarket the unsuspected group of thugs opened fire when they saw the police.

Police were compelled to return fire. They managed to corner and arrest seven of the group members and confiscated five firearms.

Some of the suspects fled the scene.

Out of the seven suspects, five were wounded during the shootout and were later hospitalised under police guard, whilst two are in police custody.

“The team of men in blue further seized a white getaway motor vehicle of the suspects which was mounted with wrong number plates. The vehicle was loaded with equipment which is used in the commission of housebreakings,” said provincial spokesperson Brigadier Leonard Hlathi.

Brig Hlathi said there is a manhunt for the rest of the group that escaped and asked anybody who might know their whereabouts to contact Lieutenant Colonel Muntu Mbatha at 082 770 0877 or to call the SAPS Crime Stop number at 08600 10111.

The suspects are facing charges of attempted business robbery, attempted murder, possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.

Constable Thabang Petros Mabena, Ogies Communication Officer said three of the wounded suspects were discharged from hospital and together with their two cohorts appeared in Ogies Magistrate Court on Tuesday, April 18.

The other two suspects are still in hospital.


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