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Duo expected in court over Thornhill bread delivery truck robbery

By Afikile Lugunya - Sep 2, 2018
Duo expected in court over Thornhill bread delivery truck robbery

Two men are expected in court on Monday after a bread delivery truck driver and his assistant were robbed at gunpoint in Thornhill on Thursday morning.

Thornhill SAPS promptly launched a manhunt after the armed robbery.

Police spokesperson, Captain Gerda Swart, said that two suspects, both 31-years-old, were are arrested on Friday.

"It is alleged that the driver and his assistant were busy delivering bread in Marlene Street, Loerie (Thornhill) at about 05:00, on Thursday, when they were approached by an unknown male, who threatened them with a firearm," she explained. 

"The suspect then fled on foot from the scene and SAPS were notified of the incident and immediately launched a search for the suspect.

"Detectives followed up on leads and arrested the lone male robber in the Loerie area at 15:00 Friday afternoon."

She said that the second suspect, also residing in Loerie, was arrested on a charge of possession of suspected stolen goods.

The firearm is still not recovered.

The men are due to appear in the Hankey Magistrate's Court on Monday, on a charge of armed robbery and of possession of suspected stolen goods.

Captain Swart said that Cluster Commander, Brig John Lebok, commended the members for tracing and apprehending the suspects and said: “The relentless efforts by the members in tracking and arresting armed robbers are imperative.

"The arrest is in line with the organisational objectives of the organization and the expectations of the communities we serve".