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Two arrested after robbery at 81-year-old Burgersdorp farmer's home

Dec 4, 2018
Two arrested after robbery at 81-year-old Burgersdorp farmer's home

Two suspects are expected in court this week after they were arrested by Burgersdorp police after a house robbery was reported at a local farm -  the ALFALFA farm in the Burgersdorp district, on Monday morning.

"It is alleged that three suspects entered the house of Jannie Terburg, 81 years old, around 11:00," said police spokesperson, Capt Ursula Roelofse.

"They tied up the domestic worker and two garden workers in the bathroom and when the owner of the farm returned to his house with a farm worker from the veld they were met by the suspects, who attacked him and tied him up in the passage.

"The farm worker was also taken to the bathroom.

"They ransacked the house and took several items including a fire-arm and ammunition. They took off with the victims white Isuzu bakkie and fled the scene."

She said that at around 14:00, farmers in the area spotted the victim's bakkie in the Burgersdorp being driven by an unknown male, accompanied by two unknown passengers.

"They alerted the police while tracking the vehicle.

"A chased ensued by SAPS members and police managed to recover the bakkie at Tembisa township," Capt Roelofse said.

One Burgersdorp farmer's attacker arrested

"Shots were fired during the chase to deter the suspects. Police managed to arrest one of the suspects at that stage.

"A pistol and ammunition was recovered and a bag with a saw and other items was found in the vehicle."

She added that the other two suspects managed to run away.

"During the afternoon members of the community alerted the police about a suspicious male requesting for assistance in the Tembisa area and noted that he was wounded.

"Police chased to the scene and arrested the second suspect," Capt Roelofse described.

"Mr Terburg, who was found at his home, related the incident and was referred to Bloemfontein to be hospitalized."

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) has been informed for further investigation of the shooting of the suspect.

"The Suspects is expected to appear in court during the week."

The Cluster Commander Brig Trevor Mey commended the members of the community for their alertness and the quick response of the SAPS members.

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