Cops, security guards nab robbers

2012-01-31 08:53

Johannesburg - A policeman's sixth sense and a team effort between police and security companies led to the arrest of two armed robbers in Edenvale on Monday, police said.

The men were holding a pensioner hostage and trying to hide from police and security guards who were doing a house-to-house search when they were cornered, Warrant Officer Jean Olckers said.

The 67-year-old woman escaped unhurt.

"The men had been robbing a house around the corner when police and security companies arrived," he said.

They ran way, jumping over walls in the neighbourhood. They surprised the pensioner in her garden, pushed her into the house, locked the doors and hid from the police.

An Edenvale police colonel, who was helping with the search, felt uneasy when he got to the house where the pensioner was being held hostage.

"The house was surrounded by police who then managed to get inside where they apprehended the two men," said Olckers.

Four firearms, including those stolen in the earlier robbery, were recovered.

"This was an incredible team effort involving police from Edenvale, Tembisa and several local security companies," said Olckers.

"Combined with an experienced policeman's feeling for something not right these criminals didn't stand a chance."

  • John - 2012-01-31 09:05

    Great Job !!!

      jowza1 - 2012-01-31 09:12

      yes.a job well done

      Mhlophe - 2012-01-31 09:54

      Good job, pity they weren't killed in the shoot out while "resisting arrest"

  • Lynn - 2012-01-31 09:08

    Fantastic. So glad the lady is ok.

  • Penny-wise - 2012-01-31 09:15

    Should have shot the thugs dead. Not big loss ...

      thozi - 2012-01-31 09:54

      Penny-wise, I am not going to argue with you!

  • Rob - 2012-01-31 09:23

    A good start. Now, how do we stop the same guys from repeating their crime in 6 months, 2 years, 10 years. I know that you have to start somewhere, and all credit to the police in Edenvale But having recently experienced being tied up and robbed I know about the feeling of violation of personal space and insecurity that follows. It is time for the statte to find methods of making such criminals disappear. Maybe a penal colony on Antartica is a thought!!!!!

      Penny-wise - 2012-01-31 09:24

      Guns can make criminals 'disappear'

      Gerhard - 2012-01-31 09:44

      Shoot them in the knee caps when you apprehend them. You can still lead a normal life but you have a problem running away without knee caps.

      Ian - 2012-01-31 10:03

      @Rob - I agree with you but lets not ruin the only continent left on this planet that has not been raped and pillaged by humans. I would rather drop them to the bottom of the ocean. It is time that all humans that value life and a civil crime society stand up to this behavior and we just get rid of these people once and for all. Living in a free society should be something you work for and deserve – not something that is just given to you

      bernpm - 2012-01-31 10:04

      @Rob: "Maybe a penal colony on Antartica is a thought!!!!! " Re-instating Robben Island in its original form?? No guards, produce own food and settle differences the usual criminal way.

      Rob - 2012-01-31 10:18

      @bernpm. Robben Island...It will be so overcrowed, and it is a bit close. Let's buy St Helena from the Brits!

  • DayanGovender - 2012-01-31 09:41

    A similar thing happened at my home on Friday morning and thanks to ADT for catching the moron hiding at my home!

  • Shirley - 2012-01-31 09:44

    Nice to hear a SUCCESSFUL take down of the scum! Glad the pensioner is ok! Lock these filthy beasts up forever!

  • Jeffrey - 2012-01-31 09:50

    It's a sorry state of affairs when the police actually catching criminals is such big news.

  • Tebza - 2012-01-31 09:57

    But then next week they get R500 bail and gets out to continue where they left. Why didn't the Police just kill the non-sense and report it as self-defence. At least there would have been minus 2 Devils in the area and counting down.

      Rob - 2012-01-31 10:07

      I fully understand the gut response to kill the criminals, but do you really want the SAPS/Metro police to be given the power of executioners. Just how long do you think that the remaining few threads of civisation will last? Maybe a more 'acceptable' solution is for communities to take back the streets and quietly dispose of any rubbish they find!!!!

  • Sean - 2012-01-31 10:12

    As far as I am concerned, any body-part used to commit a crime should be amputated! Steal and run away, chop legs off, rape, chop it off etc. If they don't want to listen then they should feel - a very strong message should be sent out there once and for all...... ! Congratulations to both forces in this case though! Credit where credit is due! :-)

  • Neil - 2012-01-31 10:19

    Well done ! Keep it up !

  • Peter - 2012-01-31 11:35

    Well done guys. I wonder what reason they will give for bail. I was doing nothing and tripped and fell then I tried to help a pensioner from a swarm of bees and the bees turned out to be cops. Im the only bread stealer sorry winner in the house and I dont want to add to the overcrowding in prison only the overcrowding in alex. yup bail granted.

  • Nosiphom - 2012-01-31 11:44

    They should been executed!

  • Elizabeth - 2012-02-01 10:18

    well done we need this good news story for a change

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