The police in Gauteng have reported that they shot and killed a man who is suspected of having been a member of a gang that had earlier robbed a scrap yard in Roodekop.
According to a police spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini, the man was a member of a gang of four men who had earlier approached the scrap yard owner masquerading as potential customers. They, however went on to produce firearms and demanded cash from the owner of the scrapyard business. They are said to have made away with an undisclosed amount of money in cash. Reports from those that were on the scene suggest that, after they had taken the money, the gun totting thieves pointed their guns at the security guards of the business as they made away with the cash on foot.
Apparently in response to calls for help from the shop owners, the police are said to have arrived on the scene of the crime just at that moment. When one of the thieves saw the police, he allegedly shot at the police, who retaliated with fire power of their own, which resulted in the man being shot to death right there and then. The other perpetrators seem to have managed to elude both the police and the security agents and are still at large.
In a related development, a former crime boss has revealed information about the modus operandi of those that rob people’s houses and businesses especially at this time of the year. He said gangs have a huge network that helps them to monitor the movements of their targets. He added that these include cellphones, google maps and social networking sites. He said the movements of the prospective victims are studied in much detail before any movement is made on them. He went on to advise homeowners that there should be no tell tale signs of their absence as they leave for holidays.