MEC commends community for assisting in arrests

Friday, October 2, 2009

Klerkdorp - North West MEC for Public Safety, Howard Yawa, commended the community of Klerksdorp for assisting the police to arrest three armed robbery suspects.

The three were arrested within an hour after committing an armed robbery at the Apostolic Faith Mission Oasis Church in Klerksdorp, earlier this week.

The three suspects had allegedly entered the church's office and demanded money and car keys, ordering their two male victims to lie on the floor.

They tied up the victims' hands with shoe laces, removed R450 from the safe and robbed them of their cellphones, jewellery, GPS and a camera.

The suspects fled the scene in their victim's BMW 320 D, which was later found abandoned not far away from the scene of the crime.

They were arrested following a tip-off from members of the public.

Yawa said the swift reaction by the members of the public who provided police with information that led to the arrest of the suspects, was appreciated. "This proves that with support from the community, criminality can be stamped out."