Armed robbers nabbed in Brackenfell

STAFF REPORTER

Two men linked to the armed robbery of a 64-year-old farmer last Tuesday, April 26, were arrested in Brackenfell.

The farmer had been delivering newspapers when he was approached by an knife-wielding man, who demanded his cellphone and cash, according to Brakenfell police spokeswoman, Warrant Officer Erica Crous.

A scuffle broke out when the farmer tried to ward off the attack by grabbing the knife, sustaining serious hand injuries.

Meanwhile, a second suspect, who had attempted to gain entry to the man’s home, joined the scuffle, but they both fled when a security vehicle came onto the farm.

A case of robbery with a weapon was opened at the Brackenfell police station after the man was was taken for medical treatment.

On Wednesday, members of the community identified the two suspects to the police and a 22-year-old man was arrested in Brackenfell, where items linked to another robbery on Tuesday on the Okovango bridge, were found, Warrant Officer Crous said.

The second suspect was arrested on Thursday morning at his home in Bracknefell. Both suspects were due to appear at the Blue Downs Magistate’s Court yesterday.

* A housebreaking suspect was arrested on Thursday April 28 after an operation between neighbourhood watch members, a security company and SAPS. Neighbourhood watch members on patrol spotted a man jumping over the fence of a home in Magnolia Street, Morgenster, Brackenfell.

Warrant Officer Crous said the neighbourhood watch and a security guard caught the 34-year-old man and contacted Brackenfell SAPS.

The man was found with electrical tools which belonged to the owner of the home.

“This case is a perfect example of what can be achieved through successful cooperation between all partners in our attempt to address and reduce crime,” Warrant Officer Crous said.

She said a case of housebreaking and theft was opened. The suspect was expected to appear at the Kuils River Magistrate’s court yesterday.