Robbers used police vests in KwaMhlanga robbery

2011-08-16 09:45

Police equipment and an AK-47 were among the items abandoned by fleeing robbers in Mamelodi, east of Pretoria.

Captain Jan Sepato said three men with an AK-47 and other firearms had opened fire on the police in a high-speed chase yesterday.

The men had allegedly robbed a Pakistani businessman in KwaMhlanga.

After overpowering the businessman, they fled in a bakkie, fitted with a police siren and blue light, as well as cash they had stolen.

KwaMhlanga police relayed a message for colleagues to look out for a white Triton Mitsubishi bakkie.

Mamelodi East police spotted the bakkie along the Old Cullinan road.

They called for back-up and chased the bakkie as it turned into Hans Strijdom Drive towards Mamelodi.

The suspects opened fire on the police officers and the police returned fire.

The bullet-riddled bakkie lost control and crashed into a house in Khutsong section.

The driver and two men jumped out of the bakkie and escaped with their loot, leaving behind their weapons, including what was believed to be a police-issue 9mm pistol.

They also left bullet proof vests, balaclavas, gloves and cellphones.

Police believe one of the men was wounded during the shooting.

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