Cigarette heist gang nabbed after high-speed chase

2015-11-04 18:37
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Durban - Police brought down a gang of suspected armed robbers in dramatic fashion after a high-speed chase and shoot-out in Mariannhill in Durban on Wednesday.

Police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said that police had intercepted the gang after they had allegedly robbed a British American Tabacco Company vehicle and stolen R60 000 worth of cigarettes.

"Members of the SAPS were conducting patrols in the Shallcross area when the description of a hijacked vehicle was circulated on the police radio channel. They immediately proceeded to Burlington Drive where they intercepted the hijacked vehicle, a white Hyundai," he said.

When the gang realised they were being chased, they led police on a pursuit from Shallcross into St Wendolins.

"The suspects fired at police and police retaliated. The suspects crashed the hijacked vehicle and fled into a nearby house. One suspect sustained a gunshot wound to the leg," he said.

Three other men who fled into the bush were also arrested after they were tracked down by police dog unit officers.

Zwane added that three of the men, injured in the take down, were taken to hospital by paramedics for further medical care.

"Police seized cartons of cigarettes with an estimated value of R60 000 in the white Hyundai. One Glock pistol was recovered at the scene and seized by the police."

He said that one of the men in custody had been released on bail two weeks ago for an unrelated carjacking case.

"A 22-year-old suspect has been arrested previously for carjacking. Two weeks ago, the suspect was released on bail by the Umzinto Magistrates' Court," he said.

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