Special task force called in for Cash Crusaders robbery in Cape Town

2017-07-05 17:25
Police cordoned off part of Strand Street after the robbery. (James de Villiers, News24)

Police cordoned off part of Strand Street after the robbery. (James de Villiers, News24)

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Cape Town – Special task force members were at the scene of a robbery at a Cash Crusaders in the Cape Town CBD on Wednesday morning in which two suspects managed to flee the store with only a cell phone.

Western Cape police confirmed the robbery, which resulted in several streets in the city centre being cordoned off.

However, it was not immediately clear why the special task force members were deployed to the area. 

In a statement, Western Cape police spokesperson Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana said the suspects entered the store at 11:47 and threatened employees with a firearm and a knife.

She said they also ordered employees to go to the back of the store. 

When News24 arrived at the scene police had already cordoned off and closed Strand and Long Street, and a canine unit had been deployed. 

Employees from an adjacent building were not allowed to exit it and could be seen looking out from windows at the scene below. 

The City of Cape Town fire department arrived and police maintained a 200-meter perimeter from the store, as smoke could be seen coming from the store entrance. 

Special task force members then arrived at the scene and entered the store. 

Firefighters soon followed and could be seen using a fan to get rid of smoke in the building. 

Police later reopened parts of Strand Street and Long Street as forensics officials arrived at the scene. 

Witnesses told News24 that police allegedly arrested one suspect shortly after the robbery, but Rwexana said no arrests have been made. 

She said no injuries were reported and investigations continue. 

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