On 14 January 2015 in two separate incidents police officers working in the Ladysmith area arrested suspects in robbery cases. The first incident occurred at 06:15 in Carbineer Road, Ladysmith where a 26-year-old woman was walking to work when she was robbed.
She was accosted by two suspects, one of whom threatened her with a screwdriver. The suspects made off with her handbag, a small amount of cash and her cell phone. Ladysmith Police responded to the incident and were able to apprehend one of the suspects shortly afterwards. His accomplice managed to elude capture and is being sought by police. The 29-year-old suspect faces charges of robbery and is set to appear in the Ladysmith Magistrate’s court today.
In the second incident a business in Steaille, Ladysmith was robbed at 13:30 by four suspects. The suspects were in possession of a firearm. The suspects fled on foot with cash, cigarettes and airtime vouchers. Members from Ladysmith Crime Intelligence, Ladysmith Tactical Response Team (TRT) and Ladysmith K9 unit responded to the incident and within minutes one of the suspects was arrested. In the suspect’s possession police found an unlicensed 9mm firearm and ammunition, suspected to have been used in the robbery. Three other suspects are still being sought by police. The 44-year-old suspect is set to appear in the Ladysmith Magistrates Court on 16 January 2014 where he will face charges of robbery and the possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.
The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni commended Ladysmith Police officers for their swift response in both cases. “These incidents once again demonstrate that if incidents are reported to police immediately, police will have a better chance of apprehending the suspects and gathering valuable evidence to aid in the investigation,” she said.
Source : South African Police Service