Four taken soon after robbery

2016-03-22 06:00
The items recovered after a business robbery.

The items recovered after a business robbery.

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Strandfontein police have arrested four men after an armed robbery in Pilot Way last week.

Warrant Officer Clarence Driver, acting station commander and commander of the detectives, Warrant Officer Franklin de Villiers, head of visible policing, Constable Pedro Cloete and detective Constable Elton Williams, the K9 unit and community members worked hand in hand to arrest the men who had allegedly robbed a shop in the street last Tuesday afternoon.

“Two men entered the shop and gained access behind the counter by kicking down a wooden door which leads to the inside of the shop. One of the suspects was armed with a rifle,” says Lieutenant Lance Goliath, police spokesperson.

The robbers made off with a cellphone and an undisclosed amount of cash from the till.

The robbers fled the scene on foot and were on the verge of making a getaway in a red Nissan Sentra with two male occupants when community members gave chase.

The Nissan Sentra drove off.

One of the robbers, a 27-year-old man was held back by residents who took him to the Strandfontein police station.

Officers then recovered the cash and cellphone.

Driver, De Villiers, Cloete and Williams wasted no time in questioning the 27-year-old.

After a couple of hours of questioning the help of the K9 unit was used to go and find the rifle and looted items.

In a bushy area in Camp Road, Strandfontein police recovered the rifle.

The four police officers then arrested a second suspect at his house in Aloe Street, Lentegeur and seized the red Nissan Sentra. Further investigation led police to a third suspect, who was arrested in Munnik Street, Eastridge.

The fourth man was arrested at his house in Kanonkop Road, Tafelsig.

The suspects were all charged with business robbery.

V Anyone with information on crime can call CrimeStop on 0860 010 111.

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