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Police foil Maclear Post Office robbery following tip-off

Jul 15, 2019
Police foil Maclear Post Office robbery following tip-off

Maclear - Maclear police successfully foiled a suspected armed robbery at the Maclear Post Office on Friday after receiving information regarding suspicious-looking men at the Post Office.

"On following up on the information, they arrested four males aged between 27 and 35, one for possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition and the other three for questioning," described police spokesperson, Brigadier Tembinkosi Kinana.

"The suspects among whom are foreign nationals are believed to have been targeting various shops in Matatiele and Maclear respectively."

He said that an investigation is underway to establish the possibility that the arrested suspects could have been involved in robberies that occurred in the area recently.

"Their identities cannot be revealed at this stage until their court appearance in Maclear Magistrate's Court on Monday," added Brigadier Kinana.

"According to the reports, the suspects are of Zimbabwean and Malawian origin, whilst one is a South African.

"All four suspects are currently in police custody as part of the investigation and one will be charged for possession of unlicensed fire-arm and ammunition. Possible charges might be added on others as part of the ongoing investigations."

He said that anyone with information regarding robberies and other related crimes in Maclear and surrounding areas is requested to contact Maclear Police or call the crime stop number 08600 10 111.

"Information provided will be treated with strict confidentiality."

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