Sunday, July 25, 2021

Another hard-core criminal dies

Following the death of one of the most wanted seasoned criminals Tsogo Semadi last week, The Telegraph can confirm that another suspected hard-core criminal, Kolagano Nkgopoleng has died.

He was involved in a recent Hollywood style heist along Thamaga Moshupa. The deceased was among the key suspects who allegedly robbed Security Systems cash amounting to P5 million a few months ago.

Reports reaching this publication suggest that one of the oldest hard-core criminals who was a regular police customer and specialises mostly in armed robbery and car hijackings died recently. It is reported that Nkgopoleng was the only suspect that was arrested after the heist while other suspects are still at large.

It is reported that those suspects still at large are believed to be hiding in South Africa and police are pursuing all possible leads. Furthermore, it is reported that the deceased escaped death and sustained bullet injuries during a shoot-out between the police and the suspects about 15 years.

Reports indicate that the deceased might have died of natural causes. Thamaga police station commander superintendent, Moses Kwarare, confirmed to this publication this week that one of the key suspects in the Kumakwane heist has died.

“It is true that one suspect who was part of the heist along Kumakwane road has died,” adding that he is not fully aware of what might have taken his life. He said although his death has just occurred, he is not in a better position to reveal the identity of the deceased as yet.

He said the deceased and other suspects known to the police allegedly robbed about P5 million from Security System along Kumakwane road while other suspects are still at large. He also says at the moment the deceased was the only suspect who was charged and he died while on bail.

“Police detectives are busy on the ground following potential leads that may lead to their arrest in due course,” says Kwarare. He said unfortunately around P200 000 was recovered and the rest of the money is still missing.

He appealed to the members of the public to assist them with any information that may lead to the arrest of assailants.

Meanwhile the body of Motswana national, Tsogo Semadi, who died in South Africa recently while on a criminal mission to blast an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) is expected to be repatriated from South Africa to Botswana for burial after all necessary official arrangements have been finalised. Semadi was also involved in a P9 million theft at Extension 11, Gaborone in which a security company was attacked and robbed.

It was reported that the alleged criminals invaded the security company’s premises and broke into the volt where cash was kept.

Police say they have not yet arrested anyone in connection with the robbery and are appealing to members of the public to assist them with any information that may lead to the arrest of the culprits.

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