Headline News
13 September 2021

Rustenburg – Three men, who for weeks on end have robbed motorists along the R24 after pulling them off the road, pretending to be police officers, were arrested near the Waterfall Mall on Sunday 5 September.  

The three, who are linked to numerous hijacking and carjacking incidents that have been reported for over a month, were arrested at around 09:00 by the public order police during an intelligence-driven operation.

Rustenburg police spokesperson sergeant Ofentse Mokgadi said a silver Toyota Corolla the suspects used to commit these crimes, a firearm, a blue police light as well as an Okapi knife were seized by the police.

“The serial number of the firearm was filed off. The suspects committed their crimes by renting a car, pretending to be police officers and instructing motorists to pull over before hijacking them or stealing from them.”

“They used a firearm and a knife to threaten their victims. Sometimes they would rob victims of their belongings. They would then return the rented car to its owners,” he added. 

Mokgadi urged all those who have been robbed by the suspects,to come forward with information that could assist police with their ongoing investigations.

“We also urge every motorist to be aware of their surroundings. If you have any reason to be suspicious, drive to your nearest police station,” Mokgadi added. 

The three suspects are expected to appear before the Rustenburg Magistrates’ Court on charges of armed robbery.  

The suspects used a blue lamp on their car, pretending to be police officers.
An Okapi knife, apparently used by the suspects to threaten their victims, was also found inside the vehicle. 

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