Man arrested for Athlone robbery

2019-05-29 16:34
Flying Squad members arrested a suspect involved in a robbery in Athlone on Tuesday 28 May.

Flying Squad members arrested a suspect involved in a robbery in Athlone on Tuesday 28 May.

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Police has arrested a man linked to an armed robbery in Athlone yesterday, reports Western Cape provincial police spokesperson Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana today (29 May).

Rwexana said Flying Squad members responded to a complaint of a business robbery in the area yesterday (28 May).

She said they spotted the vehicle in Gugulethu and gave chase. When they got closer, a shooting between police and the suspects started, she said.

Two other men ran away with three boxes of cigarettes, cellphones and an undisclosed amount of money. One of them was shot and wounded, she added. “He was arrested and transported to a medical facility under police guard,” Rwexana said. 

Police later recovered the stolen cigarettes and cellphones. Preliminary investigation revealed the vehicle used by the suspects was reported hijacked in Philippi East.

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