Guard dies after Pick n Pay Kroonstad robbery

2015-09-01 10:42
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Johannesburg - A Pick n Pay security guard was shot and killed after trying to stop a robbery at the Kroonstad branch on Monday, police said.

Police spokesperson Captain Stephen Thakeng said the supermarket was closing at about 18:00 when four people pretending to be customers entered the premises. They attacked staff and pointed guns at them.

The security guard tried to intervene and was shot in the head by one of the robbers.

Netcare911 paramedics who arrived at the supermarket found the guard lying on the ground with a gunshot wound to his head.

Spokesperson Chris Botha said they worked at stabilising him and took him to hospital for further emergency treatment, but he died shortly after arrival.

The group took cash and fled in a blue Volkswagen Caravelle. Police were called and Kroonstad Detective Services and members of Visible Policing gave chase but came under fire when the gang saw them.

In a shoot-out between the police and the robbers, two suspects, aged 38 and 46, were arrested with a bag of cash and a firearm.

Thakeng said a manhunt was under way for the rest of the robbers.

He also urged businesses to intensify security at opening and closing time.

Anybody with information on the robbers can pass it to Detective Constable Tselani Tlali of the Hawks on 079-4950799.

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