Tuesday, 21 December 2021

Odendaalsrus: A business robbery at a wholesale was reported and R20 000 cash was robbed. A quick response of Odendaalsrus SAPS members led to the arrest of a suspect with stolen cash that amounts to R20 000 as well as a firearm and ammunitions.

On the 21st December 2021, a 36-year-old complainant was with his male employee when two unknown African men entered the wholesale business premises in Odendaalsrus.

One of them had a handgun. He pointed him and instructed them to lie on the floor. Cash that amounts to R20 000, was robbed at gun point. The two ran in the direction of Odendaalsrus taxi rank and as they fled from the scene. One shot was fired and no one sustained any injuries.

This incident was reported to Odendaalsrus Police Station and assigned to Sergeants Lebaletse Lenake and Sechaba Molete. The two police officers gave chace and followed the fleeing suspects who were armed with a firearm. Their quick response led to the arrest of a 38-year-old man who is a foreigner and cash robbed.

A firearm, with serial numbers clearly visible and four (4) live ammunitions, were seized in possession of the suspect. The stolen cash was handed back to the owner of a wholesale in Odendaalsrus.

The second suspect is still on the loose but the suspect with the loot and firearm, was arrested.

The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in the Free State, Lieutenant General Baile Motswenyane applauded the quick response of two members of Odendaalsrus who ensured that the suspect with cash and firearm was arrested.

“We regard this as a breakthrough and this is a message we send in this Festive Season, the arm of the law will reach you wherever you are.” said Lt Gen Motswenyane.