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UPDATE: Insufficient evidence to try two men suspected of shoplifting at two malls in Mbombela

The suspects were found with suspected stolen items valued at R7 000 from a clothing store in i'langa Mall.

Two suspects, aged 26 and 34, were expected to appear in the Nelspruit Magistrate’s Court on December 18. This was after they were caught with suspected stolen items valued at R7 000 from a clothing store in i’langa Mall on December 13.

A provincial police spokesperson, Brigadier Selvy Mohlala, previously said the suspects were arrested after a close surveillance was conducted following allegations that these two had been involved in a string of shoplifting activities at Riverside Mall as well.

However, according to the National Prosecuting Authority’s spokesperson in Mpumalanga, Monica Nyuswa the matter was not enrolled due to insufficient evidence.

She said they have been released pending the outcome of the outstanding investigation.

Two men arrested for shoplifting in two major retail centres in Mbombela – December 14

Two suspects, aged 26 and 34, were caught with suspected stolen items valued at R7 000 from a clothing store in i’langa Mall on December 13.

According to a provincial police spokesperson, Brigadier Selvy Mohlala, the suspects were arrested after a close surveillance was conducted following allegations that these two had been involved in a string of shoplifting activities at Riverside Mall as well.

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“The suspects allegedly stole a lot of clothes and fled the mall in a white VW Polo. They were traced to i’langa Mall, where they further stole five jackets, concealing them inside a paper bag lined with foil so as to prevent tag detection when exiting the shop,” he said.

“Preliminary investigations have revealed that the two are from KaNyamazane. They might possibly be involved in other shoplifting cases at Riverside Mall.

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“The investigators are adamant that the arrested suspects could be implicated in other business robbery cases in which mobile phones had been stolen. We can also not rule out their possible involvement in other armed robberies where a VW Polo was reported to have been used,” Mohlala said.

They are expected to appear in the Nelspruit Magistrate’s Court on December 18.

 
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