Toy gun used in business robbery

2019-05-21 06:00
These are the toy guns that the suspect used to scare his victims.

These are the toy guns that the suspect used to scare his victims.

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Lansdowne police arrested a 19-year-old man for business robbery charges after he allegedly held a store clerk at gunpoint.

According to Lansdowne police spokesperson, Sergeant Nkululeko Mnyaka, the suspect pretended to be a customer at a fruit and vegetable business on Saturday 11 May at 20:10.

It is alleged the man entered the store, went to the refrigerator and reached for a cool drink.

“He suddenly went behind the counter, pointed a firearm at the store assistant and demanded cash,” Mnyaka says.

His attempted escape was foiled by the shop owner, who was alerted about the robbery in progress. The owner managed to apprehend the suspect. Police were called to the scene and the man was arrested. He appeared in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court last Tuesday.

The man had taken R2000 and cigarettes, which were confiscated and later returned to the owner. It was found that the man had used a toy gun in the robbery. A second toy gun was also found in his possession.


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