3 arrested for toy gun hijacking

2012-07-12 08:00

Johannesburg - Three men who used a toy gun to hijack a van and steal boxes of cigarettes were arrested on the Golden highway in Johannesburg on Wednesday, Gauteng police said.

They had earlier approached a van offloading boxes of cigarettes in the city's CBD, said Captain Bheki Thwala.

Two employees of the British American Tobacco Company told police they were confronted by a man, "who had his hands on his waist as if he were drawing out a firearm", he said.

The two were forced into the back of the van and were driven about 100 metres to a silver grey BMW with two occupants.

"All three suspects off-loaded the boxes of cigarettes estimated [at]... R60 000 into their BMW," said Thwala. A cellphone and R200 cash was also taken from the men.

The robbers sped off in the BMW and police were alerted.

The vehicle was seen on the Golden highway and the three were arrested. Police searched the vehicle and found a toy gun.

Thwala said the three were thought to have stopped in Orange Farm and offloaded the boxes at a house.

  • rob.baggaley - 2012-07-12 08:14

    Kids today ! And to think we played " cowboys & Indians " with our toy guns when I was young !

      Squeegee - 2012-07-12 08:38

      Well I hope they end up in a "real" jail.

      Clive - 2012-07-12 09:35

      They would argue that they see no reason why they should go to a real jail, they only used a toy gun.

  • sean.baker.79827 - 2012-07-12 08:18

    i wonder if the threw their toys.....

  • riotousr - 2012-07-12 12:55

    A toy gun robbery calls for a Lego gaol. Hoping that they only get poked with toy dicks in lego land prison. And then after serving 10 years behind bards the magistrate will tell them that he was only kidding when he sentenced them. Just toying with the idea.

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