Security guard, alleged accomplices in dock for armed robbery

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  • Three people will appear in court in Emalahleni on Thursday in connection with a robbery.
  • The robbery targeted security guards while they were collecting cash from businesses.
  • One of the accused is a security guard.

A Mpumalanga security guard and two alleged accomplices are expected to appear in court in connection with a robbery in Emalahleni earlier this month.

The 36-year-old security guard and two people, aged 28 and 40, are due to appear in the Emalahleni Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

They were arrested in connection with a robbery that happened on Saturday, 9 October in the Emalahleni CBD, said police spokesperson Colonel Donald Mdhluli.

"According to information, on the said day, two security guards were on duty, assigned to collect cash from various businesses in [Emalahleni]. After midday, one of the guards was accosted by two armed suspects who held him hostage. The suspects then robbed him of cash as well as a firearm with ammunition before they fled the scene in a white VW Polo," said Mdhluli.

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Police were informed about the incident and a case was opened for investigation.

"[During] their probe, members realised that something was not adding up in the trail of information provided by one of the guards. It then surfaced that he was a suspect in the case, and he was arrested. Further investigation led police to Vosman, outside Emalahleni, where they arrested two more suspects. During their arrest, police recovered two firearms in their possession, hence their court appearance," said Mdhluli.

The three have been charged with robbery, and the security guard is also facing charges of conspiracy to commit an armed robbery as well as defeating the ends of justice. The two people arrested in Vosman were also facing charges of illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.

"One of the recovered firearms is believed to have been taken from the security guard during the robbery. The firearms will form part of the investigation and police cannot rule out the possibility of linking the men to other crimes committed elsewhere," said Mdhluli.

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