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Kempton Park - Four suspects linked to the recent spate of follow-home robberies at the OR Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) were on Thursday night arrested, police said. 

The four were arrested in a crime intelligence driven operation as part of an integrated effort to foil these robberies and other crimes in the area.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Katlego Mogale in a statement explained that the operation was conducted by a multi-disciplinary team from Head Office Crime Intelligence, the Gauteng Provincial Trio Task Team.
 
"The team received information regarding suspects allegedly involved in the recent spate of robberies.  During patrols on the R24 and R21, a suspicious vehicle was identified and followed at about 8pm.

"When the members attempted to stop the vehicle the occupants fired on them.  The members returned fire and disabled the vehicle causing it to come to a halt on the R21 North outside the airport just before the Atlas Road off-ramp."
 
Police also recovered three unlicensed firearms were recovered from the vehicle. 

The suspects were charged with attempted murder and possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition and will appear in the Kempton Park Magistrate’s court.

"The investigations are continuing and there is a possibility that the suspects could be linked to other crimes," police said.