Crime/ 24 October 2022,09:45am / Mpho Mokoena
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By Mpho Mokoena: Following a series of criminal incidents a couple was finally arrested after a female victim was robbed of her cellphone at gunpoint.
The couple was charged and made their first court appearance at the Welkom Magistrates Court on Friday, 21 October 2022.
According to the South African Police Service (SAPS) on 19 October 2022 at about 17:10, a 26-year-old complainant was walking towards a shopping centre. When she wanted to cross the road, a grey Hyundai Getz stopped and a female occupant asked her for directions.
Suddenly, she heard the sound of a firearm being cocked. The female from the vehicle demanded her cellphone and the victim gave it. The two occupants drove off.
However, the complainant managed to stop a passing marked police vehicle. The two police officials who gave chase managed to stop the said Getz sedan.
Police spokesperson, Captain Stephen Thakeng said upon search of the vehicle, four cellphones and a metal toy gun were found and the couple was arrested.
Thakeng said the complainant identified her cellphone which was handed back to her. The other cellphones were kept for further investigation. The grey Hyundai Getz with FS registration number was also confiscated.
In another separate incident, a mine worker was also robbed.
“The same couple is linked and charged with an incident which occurred on 17 October 2022 at night in Thabong where a 35-year-old mine worker was robbed in a similar manner. His cellphone, wallet, cash, mine identification card, and personal cards were also robbed at gunpoint.
“Cases of armed robbery are being investigated by the Welkom Serious and Violent Crimes Unit.” said Captain Stephen Thakeng