Cops, security guards nab robbers

2012-01-31 08:53
Johannesburg - A policeman's sixth sense and a team effort between police and security companies led to the arrest of two armed robbers in Edenvale on Monday, police said.

The men were holding a pensioner hostage and trying to hide from police and security guards who were doing a house-to-house search when they were cornered, Warrant Officer Jean Olckers said.

The 67-year-old woman escaped unhurt.

"The men had been robbing a house around the corner when police and security companies arrived," he said.

They ran way, jumping over walls in the neighbourhood. They surprised the pensioner in her garden, pushed her into the house, locked the doors and hid from the police.

An Edenvale police colonel, who was helping with the search, felt uneasy when he got to the house where the pensioner was being held hostage.

"The house was surrounded by police who then managed to get inside where they apprehended the two men," said Olckers.

Four firearms, including those stolen in the earlier robbery, were recovered.

"This was an incredible team effort involving police from Edenvale, Tembisa and several local security companies," said Olckers.

"Combined with an experienced policeman's feeling for something not right these criminals didn't stand a chance."

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