Four armed robbers arrested after tipoff
Johannesburg - Four alleged armed robbers were arrested after being caught entering the premises of a major retail supermarket in Pinetown, KwaZulu Natal police said on Saturday.
The group, aged between 27 and 36, was arrested at about 05:30 on Saturday after police received information that they allegedly intended to rob the store, Colonel Jay Naicker said.
They were caught as they entered the parking lot of the store and found in possession of two revolvers - of which one was licensed to one of the men.
Naicker said the vehicle that the men were travelling in was suspected to have been stolen.
He said the men had also been captured on video footage at two other shops in the Pinetown area earlier in the week.
"It's quiet obvious that they were scouting these shops with the intention to rob them," Naicker said.
"This is one of many robberies that have been prevented by police due to information supplied by Crime intelligence.
"We want to send a clear message to criminals out there that we will curtail their Christmas shopping and we will treat them to Christmas lunch in our cells," Naicker said.
The men were expected to appear in the Pinetown Magistrate's Court soon.