Five criminals who stole items worth about R100, 000 at Mall of the North, Polokwane on Thursday have been arrested. The suspects are aged between 30 and 35 and were nabbed by members of the SAPS Provincial Murder and Robbery unit and private security companies.

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According to information, Police received a tipoff about a planned bank robbery. While the teams were strategically placed, they noticed suspicious movements of different people doing up and down rounds into a white Toyota Corolla in the parking area.

The vehicle was tested and found to be rented. After the shops closed, they approached the vehicle with five occupants as it was about to drive out.

Police arrest five criminals at Mall of the North
Mall of the North stolen items


They searched it and found new items including clothes from different stores. The occupants of the vehicle failed to produce purchase receipts or any reasonable proof about items.

The managers of the identified stores were immediately notified and called to the scene. They then confirmed that the items were indeed stolen from their stores and some of them were not yet aware.

Suspects were then arrested for possession of suspected stolen items. The estimated value of the stolen items is about R100, 000.  

Items were confiscated as well as the white Toyota Corolla utilised by the suspects.

Commissioner of Police Service in Limpopo, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has praised the team for arresting the suspects and always being alert as they perform their duties. They will appear before the Polokwane Magistrate’s Court soon.