Kimberley police have arrested four men, including the gardener, in connection with a house robbery in the city earlier this month in which an undisclosed number of diamonds and jewellery were stolen, Northern Cape police said on Saturday.
The four suspects, aged, 24, 35, 36, and the gardener, 31, were arrested after police followed up on information linking the gardener to the house robbery, the SA Police Service said on its official Facebook page.
The gardener, who was working at the house where the robbery took place, was found to be an accomplice in the house robbery.
The gardener and the three other suspects were arrested at their homes in Galeshewe early on Friday morning.
The robbery took place at a house in Royldene, Kimberley, on December 11. Three unknown men wearing balaclavas stormed into the house and held up a 61-year-old woman and her 12-year-old grandson, bound them with cable ties, and locked them in one of the bedrooms inside the house.
“The suspects went straight into rooms where the safes containing diamonds and jewellery were kept. They forced opened the safes and made off with an undisclosed amount of diamonds and jewellery.”
While they were busy with the robbery, the woman’s husband arrived, but he was overpowered by the suspects and assaulted. He was also bound with cable ties. The robbers assaulted the gardener before fleeing the scene.
Kimberley policing cluster commander Maj-Gen Jean Abrahams commended the community members for sharing information which led to the arrest of the house robbery suspects.
The suspects were due to appear in the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court on Monday on a charge of house robbery.
– African News Agency (ANA)