Cops walk in on armed robbery
Johannesburg - Five armed robbers got more than they bargained for when police walked in on them while they were robbing a Bramley family at gunpoint, Johannesburg police said on Wednesday.
"They hit a man visiting the family with the butt of a gun and demanded firearms from the family at gunpoint. They then helped themselves to two firearms from the safe and some electrical appliances," said Inspector Moses Maphakela.
But before the men could take off with the loot on Tuesday night, police walked in on them after the family helper called police from her domestic quarters outside the house.
"She heard some noise and decided to call police," he said.
When police entered the property, a shootout ensued between the two parties but no one was harmed.
"While still busy with the complainants, police entered the house and they started shooting at them [police]," he said.
Three of the men were arrested but two others managed to flee with the loot.
But in a hurried move to flee, the men left behind bottles of wine they had looted from the house, as well as a BMW car they allegedly used to get to the house.
The visitor was taken to hospital with minor head injuries.
The arrested men are expected to appear in the Wynberg Magistrate's Court on charges of house robbery and possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition soon.