Alleged armed robbers arrested after high-speed crash

2015-05-12 11:12
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Cape Town - Five men who allegedly robbed a liquor store in Philippi were arrested after they sped away and lost control of their vehicle, Western Cape police have said.

The men were arrested on Monday afternoon and are set to appear in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court on charges of armed robbery and illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition, said police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk.

He said the men, aged 22 to 32, allegedly entered the store on the corner of Varkens Vlei and Olieboom Roads around 16:00 on Monday.

Three of the men were said to be armed and apparently demanded money from the cashiers.

They allegedly took an undisclosed amount of money and fled the scene in a white Volkswagen Polo.

High-speed chase

Van Wyk said the alarm was raised and police in the area gave chase. The driver of the car lost control of the vehicle on Weltevreden Road and it overturned.

“Two of the robbers fled from the scene and were apprehended within minutes. Police arrested the remaining three suspects where the vehicle overturned and also seized a loaded shotgun which was used in the robbery,” he said.

No shots were fired and nobody was injured during the robbery or chase.

The men sustained minor injuries when their vehicles overturned and some of the cash was recovered.

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