Swift police action leads to rapid arrests

2011-10-06 00:00

SWIFT reaction by Umlazi police and the Durban South K9 Unit members led to the arrest of four suspects inside a fast-food outlet last night. A fifth suspect managed to escape on foot.

On Tuesday evening, staff at the outlet in V Section were about to close when they were accosted by five suspects who posed as customers.

Durban police allege that the suspects entered the outlet via the drive-through window and demanded cash and cellphones from the staff at gun point.

Police were contacted and they immediately responded. They recovered a Norinco 9 mm pistol and a Toyota Tazz that was used as a getaway vehicle from the scene.

Provincial commissioner Lieutenant-General Mmamonye Ngobeni commended the officers on their swift response.

“These arrests are once again a reminder to criminals that the police will not allow them to run amok in our communities and rob hard-working citizens of their livelihood.

“We have specialised units and teams in place to react to crimes in progress and we will not be deterred by armed gangs,” she said.

The suspects were charged with armed robbery and will appear in the Umlazi Magistrates Court today.

It was a second success for KZN police this week, after the arrest on Monday of Mduduzi Mdlalose (44) who was on his way to sell a stolen vehicle.

Pinetown police were patrolling in the Nazareth area, Pinetown, when they saw a suspicious Toyota Corolla with one occupant.

They flagged the vehicle down and the driver jumped out and fled.

After a brief chase Mdlalose was arrested and the police discovered that the vehicle had been hijacked in the Signum area earlier in the week.

Provincial police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said the man confessed that he was taking the vehicle to a buyer in New Germany.

He had sold the vehicle for R14 000, but it is not clear what model of Toyota it was.

The police made the man arrange a meeting with the buyers.

“At the agreed meeting area three men approached Mdlalose to pay and take the vehicle. They were arrested on the spot and appeared at the Pinetown Magistrate Court yesterday,” said Zwane.

He said the case against the three men was withdrawn, but the police were still investigating them.

Mdlalose will be remanded in custody until October 11 pending further investigation. — WR.

• chris.ndaliso@witness.co.za

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