Shongweni K9 Unit assists in arrest of robbers

2018-02-27 06:00

A GANG of armed robbers, fumbling to open a garage door to make their getaway after attacking a Westville family, accidentally pressed a panic alarm that led to police and security officers swiftly swooping on the house and arresting four of the suspects last week.

Blue Security community and media liaison officer Andreas Mathios said the suspects had inadvertently pressed the resident’s panic alarm when trying to open the garage door, alerting a patrolling Blue Security armed response officer to the attack in Kinley Road at around 8.30 am.

“The suspects attacked the resident and her 11-year-old son in their home, holding them up at gunpoint before loading cellphones, cash and other valuables into the resident’s vehicle. They then tried to open the garage door manually but within a minute our officer arrived at the scene.

“The suspects turned and fled on foot; two of them jumping into a taxi to evade arrest, while the others fled into a nearby bushy area,” Mathios said.

“The police responded to the incident and chased the taxi into Roger Sishi Road, where they arrested two of the suspects. The SAPS Shongweni K9 Unit tracked down a further two suspects in the bush and arrested them. One suspect remains at large,” Mathios said.

Mathios said the boy had sustained a minor injury to his shoulder and was receiving assistance from crisis care volunteers.

Mathios said the arrests were the result of excellent team work between Blue Security, Westville SAPS, the SAPS Shongweni K9 Unit, the Durban Flying Squad, Metro Police and Jag Security.- Supplied

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