The Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) Operations officers have taken seven men into custody, aged between 26 and 40, on charges of possessing stolen property and bribery in two separate incidents that unfolded in Midrand and Hillbrow.
The first incident occurred on August 15 when officers stopped a vehicle with four occupants travelling against oncoming traffic on Allan Road in Olifantsfontein. A subsequent search of the vehicle led to the discovery of suspected stolen goods, including a handbag, a wallet, bank cards, a driver’s license, and cellphones, which the occupants could not account for.
According to JMPD spokesperson Xolani Fihla, the men confessed to robbing patrons at various entertainment venues during questioning. They admitted to selling the stolen items to a shop owner in Hillbrow. To evade consequences, the suspects tried to bribe the officers and led them to a shop at the intersection of Klein and Pretorious Streets in Hillbrow. Here, they found the shop owner possessing cell phones lacking any receipts. The shop owner acknowledged knowing the suspects and admitted to conducting business with them. Consequently, he was arrested and detained by Hillbrow police, and all suspected stolen property from his shop was seized and submitted as evidence at the police station.
Fihla further noted that while the four initial suspects were being detained at Midrand police facilities, two additional individuals approached the officers and offered a bribe of R600 in exchange for the release of the suspects. Both individuals were promptly arrested for attempting to bribe the officers.
All seven suspects are expected to appear in their respective magistrate’s courts shortly, as they face charges related to possession of stolen property and bribery.
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