Former Bafana Bafana & Orlando Pirates footballer Patrick Phungwayo has been arrested by the Hawks for hijacking, armed robbery & house breaking.

A FORMER Orlando Pirates star was arrested on Tuesday, 16 November. He was bust for house robbery alongside his friend in Lombardy East, Joburg

He is expected to appear in the Joburg Magistrates Court today 18 November. Colonel Katlego Mohale said this was the work of their tactical operational management section, with Crime Intelligence, Tracker Connect, Badboyz Security, Ekurhuleni District Zone Ops Team, GTP Saturation, Insurance Crime Bureau, Vision Tactical Security and BSG Security. 

She confirmed two suspects, aged 33 and 46, were bust for a string of armed robberies. Katlego said the team received information about a gang of armed men using an Audi during hijackings and home invasions in Gauteng suburbs. 

“They proceeded to Lombardy East, where the gang was spotted. Police intercepted them when they entered residential premises and were immediately apprehended.” She said three firearms, housebreaking implements, gloves, balaclavas and a stolen TV set, as well as cellphones were found inside the vehicle.

 “The Audi had false registration plates and was robbed in Bramley earlier this year. A Kia Picanto was also found at the same premises and also had false registration plates, positively identified as robbed from the owner in Linden in June.” She said preliminary investigation has linked the suspects to hijackings and armed robberies.

 “The stolen items including a television set were positively identified by the owner, where the suspects had allegedly accosted and robbed them in Honeydew.” Katlego said the investigation to link the suspects to other robberies was continuing and they were not ruling out the possibility of arresting more suspects.

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