Suspected armed robbers intercepted en route to commit crime

Police in Johannesburg intercepted a group of suspects on Thursday travelling in three vehicles and believed to be on their way to commit armed robbery in the Orlando policing precinct, in Soweto.

The police, acting on information received from Crime Intelligence, arrested 11 suspects aged between 33 and 43 and seized three unlicensed firearms and ammunition as well as the three vehicles.

“The police held an observation on the suspects and decided to conduct a takedown before the suspects could commit the planned robbery along Mooki Street and the Soweto Highway,” the South African Police Service said in a statement.

According to the police, no shots were fired during the arrest.

“The suspects are expected to appear before the Orlando Magistrate’s Court soon, facing charges of possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition as well as conspiracy to commit an armed robbery,” the police said.

Source: South African Government News Agency

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