Cape Town – A three-year investigation by the Hawks has led to the arrest of one of the suspects who reportedly broke into a jewellery warehouse in Sandton and stole R26 million worth of jewellery.
The incident allegedly happened in August 2019, police said in a statement.
Police spokesperson, Warrant Officer Bonnie Nxumalo, said the armed suspects entered the business premises on Ballyclare Drive, Sandton, tied up the security guards with cables before breaking into the warehouse.
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“They stole jewellery worth more than R26 million and fled the scene in their getaway vehicle. A case of business robbery was reported at the Sandton police station. The matter was referred to the Germiston-based Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation for further handling,” said Nxumalo.
Suspect Mduduzi Nxumalo, 39, was arrested in Soweto on July 25, following the Hawks’ investigation, said Nxumalo.
He appeared at the Randburg Magistrates’ Court on July 26 after being charged with business robbery. He remained in police custody as the investigation continued.
Police are not ruling out the possibility of more arrests, said Nxumalo.
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Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe