Cops corner brush-cutter robbers after N3 car chase

2013-03-19 00:00

MUNICIPAL grass cutters were held up at gunpoint and robbed of their equipment in Lynnfield Park last week.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said the robbers made off with five brush-cutters.

She said a member from the Pietermaritzburg K9 Unit, patrolling in the Ashburton area on Thursday, was tipped off about an armed robbery.

On his way to the scene, he noticed a black double-cab bakkie with a brush-cutter handle sticking out of the back of the vehicle.

The driver sped off when he saw the police.

A high-speed chase ensued along the N3 freeway towards Durban.

The policeman forced the vehicle off the road near the Hammarsdale turn-off and arrested three men.

Jeevan said five brush-cutters, a crowbar, a clipboard, gloves, a hard hat, an orange emergency light and a toy gun were found in the bakkie.

The three suspects were identified as Ndoda Mbhele (32), Nkanyiso Shabalala (32) and Sibusiso Sibisi (23).

They appeared in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court the next day and were remanded in custody until Friday.

Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Brian Zuma said: “We will be increasing our security visibility in areas where our staff members are doing work to minimise chances of such incidents from occurring.”

Municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi said: “Just when we seem to be putting workable systems with controls in place, this happens.

“A bit suspicious …”

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