Mall robbery kingpin arrested in Umlazi

An intelligence-driven operation by various police units led to the arrest of a leader of a gang, responsible for many mall robberies in the province. Detectives of the Provincial Mall Robbery Task Team were tracking the movements of the suspect, who remained very elusive and was possibly aware that police were searching for him.

On Monday night, police launched an operation after identifying two residences at AA Section and BB Section in Umlazi. It is believed that these premises were used as hideouts by criminals. During the operation, two suspects, including the kingpin, were apprehended.

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Police spokesman, Brig Jay Naicker said, “It is believed that this gang targeted shops that sold jewellery and wrist watches. Police were able to recover wrist watches and expensive perfumes that were stolen in some of the robberies. The main suspect is positively linked to at least three mall robberies while the second suspect was found in possession of goods taken during a fourth robbery. Both men, who are in their early thirties, will appear in court soon.”

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KwaZulu-Natal’s acting provincial commissioner, Maj Gen Bheki Langa welcomed the arrests. “The Provincial Mall Robbery Task Team has been working around the clock to trace many of the suspects identified during their investigations. It is only a matter of time before we reel in other suspects involved in various mall robberies. We once again appeal to the community not to buy stolen goods and support these criminals,” he said.

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