Police foil armed robbery, five suspects arrested
by Reuben Pitse
A gang of five men was intercepted and arrested by the police over the weekend They were found with pistols and live rounds.
The suspects, believed to be Botswana citizens residing in South Africa, are believed to be part of a syndicate that specializes in armed robberies and are expected to appear before the Gaborone Village Magistrate Court.
The first accused person, Caiphus Atlholang, 30, of Goshwe Village, appeared briefly before court on Monday and was charged with unlawful possession of arm and admonition.
Sir Seretse Khama Police Station in Gaborone is investigating the case.
Reports indicate that among the suspects are three Batswana who live here and who scout around to identify areas where they can strike, while Batswana members of the gang who reside in South Africa provide firearms and transport.
Reports indicate that the suspects apparently had identified areas that were to be robbed, including the high profile people believed to have huge amounts of money and several business premises.
Police, however, ambushed the suspects and two pistols and about twenty live rounds were found in the motor vehicle that they were driving.
The Station Commander of Sir Seretse Khama Police Station Superintendent Banneetse Keakile told The Telegraph on Monday that: “I am aware of the case but unfortunately I am unable to provide you with information because the docket is with investigators who are busy out in the field. I am not sure when they will be back to give us the facts to pass on to you.”