Thief wounded during robbery

2015-01-21 19:54

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Johannesburg - One of two men who allegedly robbed a foreigner of cash was wounded during a shoot-out with police in Devland, Johannesburg, on Wednesday. Gauteng police said.

The two allegedly approached the man around 11:00 while he was on his way to a trade market to purchase stock for his business, police spokesperson Kay Makhubela said.

"These men held him at gunpoint and took the money he was going to buy the stock with. Fortunately the police were passing by. He alerted them by shouting for help," Makhubela said.

The robbers began shooting at the police, who returned fire.

One man was arrested.

The other, who was wounded in the shooting, ran away with the money. An unlicensed firearm was confiscated.

The man would appear in the Protea Magistrate's Court soon on charges of attempted murder and armed robbery.

In a separate incident, five men wearing balaclavas and armed with rifles robbed a delivery truck carrying R300 000 worth of cigarettes near Alexandra.

"They stopped the truck along the highway near Alexandra, emptied the truck and fled the scene," Makhubela said.

They kidnapped the driver and dropped him off later.

No arrests have yet been made.

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