Brazen gang robs Cape Town cops of service pistols

2015-06-03 16:44
(Nielen de Klerk, News24)

(Nielen de Klerk, News24)

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Cape Town - Metro police members have been warned to be vigilant while on duty after a trio of gunmen robbed two officers of their service pistols in Langa, Cape Town.

Metro Police Chief Wayne Le Roux told News24 the officers were parked on Jakes Gerwel Drive near Washington Street, on observation duty, around 15:00 on Tuesday.

The gunmen approached the officers the moment a motorist they had been talking to drove off.

“They pointed their firearms at the officers and instructed them to lie on the ground,” Le Roux said.

“The suspects then took both their guns, magazines and cellphones and escaped into the nearby shacks.”

As they fled, one of the men fired a shot at the stationary metro police vehicle.

“The bullet hit and deflated the car’s front tyre. This move was probably to keep the officers from giving chase,” Le Roux said.

The traumatised officers have been sent for counselling.

“It is shocking that this could happen in broad daylight. I am relieved that both officers are safe and were not injured.”

Provincial police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Andrè Traut said the incident was being investigated.

The incident comes a week after an on-duty traffic inspector was robbed of her service pistol on the N7.

The woman was parked on the shoulder of the road between the Caltex Refinery and Du Noon when the assailants hit at 17:45 last Monday.

A shot was fired through the officer’s car window after she refused to open it.

The gunman, who was accompanied by an accomplice standing on the passenger side of the vehicle, robbed the officer of her service pistol and extra magazine before fleeing into Du Noon.

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