- Social media detectives managed to track down one of the five men alleged to be responsible for the Boksburg heist
- The Facebook page of Thato Gaopatwe shows he lived a life he could not afford
- And although many poked fun at him for flaunting a lifestyle he should not have, others felt bad for him
Just leave it to social media users to find someone who committed a crime. One of the men arrested for the Boksburg heist on Thursday, has felt the full wrath of Facebook detectives.
It did not take long for Facebook users to find the profile of Thato Gaopatwe, who is allegedly part of the group who bombed and robbed a cash-in-transit vehicle last week.
“Great things cum 2 those ho work hard”, read the words on Gaopatwe’s Facebook profile, which has since vanished from the social media platform.
His Facebook account also listed his resume, which included he studied “money laundering” at the “Skool of Hard Knoxs”‚ as well as “Skill‚ Speed‚ Endurance‚ Saving Money and Your Mom” at Howard Community College.
After finding him on Tuesday, social media users pointed out how his Facebook page showed him living a lifestyle he would not have been able to afford on the salary he received.
The photos he posted on his profile saw him having spa days, driving expensive luxury cars and shopping for name brand clothing.
The majority of South Africans made fun of him for showing off his luxury lifestyle when he is not supposed to earn that much. But, some social media users took pitty on him.
Briefly.co.za learned Facebook user, Sabelo Ublangwe, commented on one of his photos with: “Shame he became greedy and stupid and that was his downfall. One or two heists should be enough to help you start a proper business so that you don't depend on heists to survive. Aw madoda but at least he had tasted real life.”
TimesLIVE reported Gaopantwe appeared in the Boksburg Magistrates Court on Monday along with Paul Sibanda‚ 48‚ Sibusiso Khumalo‚ 34‚ Collen Habede‚ 42‚ and Thabo Molefe‚ 32.
The group were allegedly responsible for the heist on two cash-in-transit vehicles last week with AK-47s.
Video footage taken from scared bystanders showed the group shooting at security guards and bombing the two trucks to get access to the money.
Briefly.co.za previously reported the Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD) uncovered an estimated R1.5 million in the informal settlement, Tsakane.
It is believed the money is connected to the Boksburg heist, however it has not yet been confirmed.
EMPD searched a house in the township just after midnight after a reliable source tipped them off. There they found a large sum of money buried in the home of an elderly couple, who claimed they were keeping it for a SBV security guard.
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