Police make breakthrough in airport robberies

Two men were arrested during a police operation in the suburb of Oakdene south of Johannesburg.

An ariel view of OR Tambo International Airport. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - Police say they have made a breakthrough in their investigation into a spate of robberies targeting travellers at OR Tambo International Airport.

Two men were arrested during a police operation in the early hours of this morning in the upmarket suburb of Oakdene south of Johannesburg.

The pair will remain in police custody until they appear in the Germiston Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

Police believe the two suspects robbed five Pakistani nationals in July last year posing as officers and following their victims home.

Spokesperson Solomon Makgale explains the modus operandi.

"They pose as officers then follow the victims home then once they stop them they would rob them."

In almost every robbery the suspects allegedly flashed police lights at their unsuspecting victims forcing them to pull over near their homes.

One of the men who is in his 50s is suspected of being the mastermind behind the syndicate along with several other airport robberies.