5 arrested for Maritzburg armed robbery

2016-02-17 11:55

Durban – Five men suspected of robbing a G4S guard last week at the Symons Centre in Pietermaritzburg have been arrested, police said on Wednesday.

Lieutenant Nqobile Gwala said police conducted an intelligence driven operation on Tuesday to trace the men who had robbed the guard at gunpoint on February 8. 

A total of five suspects, aged between 34 and 46, were arrested for armed robbery, possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition, as well as possession of suspected stolen property.

Gwala said a suspected stolen Kia bakkie and a Toyota Avanza were recovered during the operation. 

"Two 9mm pistols, a Rossi .38 special, plus 112 live rounds of ammunition were recovered. The recovered firearms will be sent for ballistics testing to ascertain if they were used in the commission of any crime in the country.

"[The] cash suspected to be taken during the robbery was also recovered from the suspects. It is alleged that on 8 February 2016 at about 11:30, at Symons Centre, the security guard was on his way to the ATM machine with cash when... [he was] approached by the suspects.

"The guard was disarmed and an undisclosed amount of cash was taken from him. The suspects fled the scene on foot."

KwaZulu-Natal police commissioner Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni commended officers for their "outstanding work" in tracing the men. 

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