Quantum robbers reign of terror halted following arrests

Stock photo: Tshepiso Mametela.


A joint operation between Johannesburg Central police and the Metro police on 10 July resulted in the arrest of five men who are suspects in a spree of armed robberies along the M2 Westgate off-ramp in Selby, Johannesburg.

Johannesburg Central Police spokesperson Xoli Mbele said the suspects were using a Toyota Quantum taxi to allegedly carry out armed robberies on unsuspecting motorists.

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“Five male suspects allegedly robbed a 29-year-old male and a 27-year-old female, both of whom were driving different vehicles on the day in question,” said Mbele. “The victims’ [vehicles] were stationary at a robot at the intersection of Main Reef Road and Henry Nxumalo Street when the incidents took place.

“A cellphone and R2 000 cash were taken from the male victim at gunpoint, while the female victim’s laptop, cellphone and handbag containing a purse and ID were also taken.”

Mbele said the female victim screamed for help while the male victim drove off and alerted police after he was robbed.

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“The suspects jumped into a white Toyota Quantum taxi and police gave chase. All suspects were apprehended and the belongings of the victims recovered. Two firearms were also recovered from them,” added Mbele. “Johannesburg Central Police are appealing to all motorists who were robbed along the M2 Westgate off-ramp who opened cases of armed robbery to contact the police.”

Details: Contact the Johannesburg Central Police on 011 497 7135.

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