Students forcedinto car, robbed

2015-04-30 14:46
Two students from Claremont were held up and robbed at gunpoint. Mitchell’s Plain police arrested three suspects after they were tracked through one of the student’s stolen cellphone.  

Astrid februarie

Two students from Claremont were held up and robbed at gunpoint. Mitchell’s Plain police arrested three suspects after they were tracked through one of the student’s stolen cellphone. PHOTO: Astrid februarie

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Three men and one woman were arrested in Mitchell’s Plain after they were involved in an armed robbery in Campground Road, Newlands.

The incident occurred on Sunday 12 April at about 23:50.

Captain Angie Latchman, spokesperson of the Claremont police cluster, confirms that the suspects had robbed two residents as they were walking along the road.

“As the victims were walking, a car stopped next to them and one of the suspects approached them with a gun and ordered them into the car,” she says.

Latchman says it was reported that a woman was driving the car. The suspects searched the victims. The suspects apparently took the victims’ wallets, a watch and cellphones. They threatened to shoot them and demanded their bank PIN numbers.

They were eventually released in New­lands Avenue where they flagged down a passing car and used their phones to call their parents.

One of the victim’s mothers tracked her son’s cellphone and informed officers of the route the car was taking.

The car stopped at a fast food outlet in Mitchell’s Plain, where the Mitchell’s Plain police apprehended the three suspects.

“The suspects were driving in a white Chevy Optra when police arrested them. During the arrest, officers recovered two ­iPhones, one Fossil watch, bank cards and student identity cards,” Latchman says.

The suspects all made a court appearance at the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday last week on charges of armed robbery. They have been remanded in custody until their next appearance, scheduled for Tuesday 12 May.

Latchman says similar incidents have been reported to the police and as part of the investigation detectives will try to establish if the suspects are involved in other cases

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