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Two arrested for police station robbery


This follows an armed robbery at the Windsorton Police Station at the beginning of October.

TWO SUSPECTS, aged 30 and 42, have been arrested and will appear in the Barkly West Magistrate’s Court today following an armed robbery at the Windsorton Police Station at the beginning of October.

Four suspects attacked and robbed police officers who were on duty at the Windsorton Police Station on October 2 and made off with two R5 rifles, four 9mm pistols and ammunition.

It later transpired that the same group also committed another armed robbery at a BP garage immediately thereafter in Virginia, where one victim was wounded after several people were robbed of their personal items.

Hawks spokesperson, Nomthandazo Mnisi, said yesterday that the two suspects were arrested on Wednesday in the Free State and Gauteng following an intensive investigation by the Hawk’s Serious Organised Investigation.

“The team managed to recover four pistols, including one illegal handgun and the three official firearms, the two stolen R5 rifles and the suspected stolen motor vehicle. The search for more suspects and the outstanding firearm continues.”

According to reports at the time, four male suspects tied up the two police constables on duty at the time, before robbing the police station.

The weapons and the ammunition were stolen from the station’s safe.

It was reported that prior to the incident, the suspects stopped at the local petrol station to put petrol in their vehicle, a white Audi A3, that had a Botswana registration.

They apparently told the attendant that they wanted to use the card machine but drove off without paying when he went to fetch the machine.

The suspects then entered the police station and, under false pretences, requested help from the two officers on duty.

“At around 10.30pm the suspects entered the Windsorton police station and told one of the officers that their car had broken down. They said they needed assistance to tow the car. When the officer asked the location of the vehicle, the suspects pointed firearms at him,” Mnisi said at the time.

It is believed that the suspects tied up the two officers on duty before robbing them of their cell phones. They then raided the safe, taking the firearms and ammunition.

The suspects fled in an unknown direction.

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