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Limpopo farmer killed in armed robbery, one suspect arrested, four others on the run

Police have on Saturday arrested one suspect and are hunting for four others following an armed robbery at Derde Kraal farm in Roedtan, which left the owner, Janse van Rensburg aged 36, dead.

Limpopo Police Spokesperson, Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said the incident happened when five men driving in a white Toyota Corolla with unknown registration numbers, arrived on the farm at about 6 pm on Friday under the pretext they were there to buy milk.

“The five suspects found the victim’s friend, and  forced him inside the farmhouse while one guarded him. Four suspects armed with pistols accosted the farm owner and his girlfriend upon entering the premises after returning from a nearby town,” Brigadier Mojapelo said.

According to Brigadier Mojapelo the suspects tied his girlfriend and the friend with cable ties and started demanding money from the farm owner.

“They then disarmed him of his firearm and hit him with an iron pipe, forcing him to hand over the safe keys. In the process, the suspects shot and killed the victim. The suspects took firearms including a rifle from the safe, cellphones, a Laptop and other valuables before fleeing the scene in a white Toyota Corolla,” he said.

The Limpopo Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Hadebe ordered that a team of Investigators be assembled to track down the suspects.

The tactical intelligence-driven operation was conducted and a white Toyota Corolla matching the description of the one that was used by the suspects during the farm attack, was spotted at Moletji under Seshego policing area.

Brigadier Mojapelo said the vehicle with was occupant was stopped, pulled over and searched, adding that members found two 9mm pistol magazines, 30 live rounds of ammunition and 9mm double magazines. The suspect was immediately arrested.

Lt Gen Hadebe has applauded a team of Investigators for working tirelessly around the clock and successfully tracking down and arresting one of the suspects, responsible for house robbery.

 

 

 

 

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