Tip-off leads to robbers' arrest

2012-10-14 20:40

Johannesburg - A tip-off led to the arrest of four robbers near Kwanobuhle in Uitenhage, Eastern Cape police said on Sunday.

Lieutenant Colonel Priscilla Naidu said the men were cornered by a police team on Friday night shortly after they robbed a Chinese shop in the Kamesh area.

The men were reportedly travelling in a BMW vehicle, on their way to rob another foreign-owned shop.

"When [they] spotted police approaching from both sides, a high speed chase ensued... The suspects were forced into a dead end alley where they crashed through a locked gate," said Naidu.

One of the men started shooting at police as they attempted to flee the scene.

"They scattered in different directions [but] police surrounded them from all sides and arrested them," Naidu said.

A 9mm pistol, a grey BMW, cartons of cigarettes and cash were confiscated.

The group was expected to appear in the Uitenhage Magistrate's Court on Monday on charges of armed robbery, attempted murder and possession of an unlicensed firearm.

  • africanwolf - 2012-10-14 20:51

    Well done SAPS

      james.bondiski - 2012-10-15 13:04

      @BRUCE.That is a bit idealistic me thinks.It wont work here . All youre going to do is make the baddies more powerful.

  • ignatius.makhura - 2012-10-14 20:52

    Bravo men in blue

  • tumisang.kolobe - 2012-10-14 21:01

    Make south Africa a gun free zone......take back all guns

      Rafels1 - 2012-10-14 22:12

      The SAPS is "supplying" robbers at a hectic pace every year. Very few of these lost weapons are recovered. How do you propose to "take back all guns"? I'm sure the police would like to hear your plan...

      Bruce - 2012-10-14 23:17

      By totally outlawing gun ownership and tightening our border controls over time (several years, maybe) no one in the country will have a gun or least there won't be so many in the wrong hands..just a thought!

  • ernest.lwandle - 2012-10-14 21:13

    THEY robbed a chines shop and they wer on the way to rob another foreign owned shop can u plese leave foreigners alone and start to learn how to make living from them?

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