KZN police foil armed robbery

2017-10-06 18:21
SA police. (Antonio Muchave, Gallo Images, File)

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Durban – Preemptive intelligence work by police in KwaZulu-Natal has resulted in the arrest of three would-be robbers.

Mandeni and Sundumbili police, north of Durban, honed in on the suspects on Thursday morning outside a shopping centre.

Police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala on Friday said police nabbed one alleged robber at the entrance of the premises of a business. He was found in possession of a 9mm pistol and 27 live rounds of ammunition.

Gwala said that during the arrest, officers spotted two vehicles, a navy VW Golf and a Chevrolet Aveo.

"When they saw police, they fled."

Gwala said that after the Golf fled the scene, the Chevrolet fled toward the Gcaleka area in Sundumbili where the car was abandoned.

"One of the suspects alighted from the vehicle, dropped a bag and fled to the nearby bushes. Upon checking the bag, three unlicensed firearms were recovered with 14 live rounds of ammunition."

More arrests expected

Gwala said police continued searching for the men and managed to arrest two more, one aged 35 and the other 38.

"They were found in possession of an unlicensed firearm with 16 live rounds of ammunition. A Chevrolet vehicle was also seized by the police."

Gwala said police would profile the men to ascertain if they could be linked to other robberies committed in the province.

"More arrests are imminent as investigations are still continuing. All the confiscated firearms will be subjected to ballistic testing to determine if they were used in the commission of any other crime in the country."

Acting provincial police commissioner Major General Bhekinkosi Langa praised the officers for the arrests.

"I congratulate the members for averting the robbery by apprehending the culprits in possession of unlicensed firearms. We are pleased that no one was injured during the chase with suspects."

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