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Gold Gang trio nabbed

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After a two week planned sting operation, the K9 unit in partnership with Aliwal PAC security arrested three suspects allegedly linked to the notorious “Gold Gang” reigning terror on the Northern suburbs.
The unit responded to a sighting of a silver VW Polo on the N3 freeway at New England Road on Friday which matched the widespread description of the gang of robbers.
Avin Mahabeer of Aliwal PAC said a lot of strategic planning had to go into nabbing the suspects. “It took a lot of undercover work and manpower to reap positive results,” said Mahabeer.
He said prior to the nabbing the suspects, all exits points in the Northern suburbs to prevent any possible fleeing from the gang.
“Once the suspicious vehicle was spotted, all exits were blocked and the three unmarked PAC vehicles followed it, flagging it down,” he said.
SAPS spokesperson Mthokozisi Ngobese said the suspects in the VW Polo were aged between 24-34 years and were arrested on the scene.
“A unit responded after receiving an alert from local security patrols. The vehicle was followed and flagged down and three suspects have been taken into custody,” said Ngobese.

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Gold watches were recovered from the vehicle and have been sent for forensic testing.
Public Eye previously reported that at least seven homes in Allandale and Orient Heights were robbed in a two week period last month with an identical modus operandi.
The three armed robbers would strike, entering unsecured homes in the evenings around 8pm and demanding cash and jewellery. While the brazen robbers ransacked the home, the family would be locked in another room.
In the first incident, an 87-year-old woman was told to remove her jewellery at gunpoint when the Gold Gang entered a Northdale home. The family said robbers made off with about R450 000 in jewellery.
A day later, the Gold Gang made off with about another R450 000 in jewellery from an Orient Heights family.
The following week, they seemingly ransacked three houses in three days.
Concerned residents vowed to fight to the gang and had begun using their own vehicles to create blockades on residential roads to improve their safety.
Ngobese confirmed the three suspects are set to appear in court on Friday after the first appearance was moved due to an addition of dockets.
“Police are still investigating their possible links to the Gold Gang,” he said.

 

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Bongeka Sibisi
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