Toy guns used in robberies

2015-05-05 06:00

Two suspects have been arrested for two separate instances of armed robbery in the Lansdowne police precinct.

Both incidents took place on Saturday 14 March.

At 18:20 in High Grove Road, two men were walking down the road when they were approached by two men in a Toyota Yaris, says police spokesperson Sergeant Nkululeko Mnyaka.

“The driver threatened the men with a firearm while the passenger got out and searched them. The man took a cellphone, got into the car and drove off,” he says.

In the second incident at 19:00 two boys – aged 15 and 16 – were walking in Gamsa Road, Rylands when they were approached by the same Toyota Yaris.

The men threatened them with a firearm and took a cellphone worth R900 before driving off.

The suspects were spotted by a Chubb Security Officer in Belmore Road, Penlyn Estate.

The officer chased them and caught up to them in the Flamingo Informal settlement.

It was later found that the vehicle belonged to the mother of one of the suspects.

Police say the suspect took the car without his mother’s consent.

Two men – aged 18 and 20 – were arrested. Both suspects are from Beacon Valley, Mitchell’s Plain.

They were searched and a plastic toy gun, four cellphones and other items were found in the vehicle and they were arrested for two cases of armed robbery.

All items found were confiscated and booked into the police property register

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