Police say it is possible that the same suspects could have been involved in various other cases in the Upington and Kuruman areas.
A FOREIGN national was killed during a shoot-out during an armed robbery that took place in Springbok on Monday.
Police sokesperson, Lieutenant-Colonel Dimakatso Mooi said an undisclosed amount of cash was stolen during the robbery.
“A foreign national male was shot and fatally wounded in the process.”
She indicated that the Springbok Highway Patrol and Springbok Public Order Police members swiftly followed up on information which led to the apprehension and arrest of four suspects at a house in Okiep.
Mooi stated that the police also confiscated firearms and the vehicle that was allegedly used in the commission of a crime.
“Upon further investigation, it was discovered that, the fifth suspect was en route to Kuruman and members immediately activated Upington Highway Patrol, Olifantshoek, Kathu, Kuruman SAPS and other security companies for back-up.”
Mooi said the suspect was arrested on the N14 road near Kathu.
“Preliminary investigations revealed that the same suspects could possibly be linked to multiple cases in the Upington and Kuruman areas. It is believed that they utilise rental vehicles to commit crimes. The suspects are originally from Kuruman area and are expected to appear in the Springbok Magistrates Court on charges of murder and armed robbery.”
The Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major-General Henriette De Waal commended the multidisciplinary approach by SAPS and private security companies which led to the swift arrest of the suspects within a few hours of the incident.