Yesterday morning, members of our Special Operations Team successfully apprehended a suspect wanted for robbery.
At approximately 09h00, members of our Special Ops Team received information from the Greenwood Park SAPS Detectives about a suspect known for robbing pedestrians on Acutt Avenue while they were walking with their phones, as well as robbing people who were on their phones while sitting at the traffic lights.
Our Special Ops Team, together with the Greenwood Park SAPS Detectives and the Greenwood Park Trio Unit, set up a surveillance operation in the Briardene area. After nearly two hours of surveillance, the suspect was eventually spotted, and all teams immediately moved in.
After a short foot chase, the suspect was successfully apprehended on a pathway off Acutt Avenue after attempting to flee into a nearby informal settlement in order to evade arrest. Upon searching the suspect, a knife was found in his possession.
The suspect was then transported to the Greenwood Park SAPS, where further investigation revealed that he was part of a gang committing several robberies at the traffic lights of Acutte Avenue and North Coast Road. The suspect’s accomplice was arrested earlier this month by the Greenwood Park SAPS.
If you have been a victim of crime with the same modus operandi, we encourage the public to please report the incident to the South African Police Service.
Well done to all role-players involved and working together to make a difference with yet another successful arrest.