Durban street vendors were the heroes of the day on Tuesday morning when they were able to thwart a getaway by armed suspects, after a robbery in the city centre.
“The street vendors quickly sprang into action when they realised a crime had been committed and chased after the suspects as they fled the shop they had robbed,” said Blue Security community and media liaison officer, Andreas Mathios.
“The incident began when three armed suspects, wielding firearms, entered the store in Field Street and demanded cash, cellphones and various clothing items,” Mathios said.
“The staff were tied up with cable ties by the armed men,” he said.
“Thankfully luck was not on the side of the suspects because as they fled the store, street vendors on the pavement gave chase. One suspect was apprehended and all the stolen items recovered except for one cellphone,” he said.
Mathios said the man was handed over to a Blue Security armed-response officer who had arrived after being notified about the robbery.
The man was detained until Durban Central police members arrived, he said.
In a separate armed robbery in New Germany on Tuesday morning a security guard was held up at gunpoint and robbed.
“A Blue Security armed-response officer reacted to a panic-alarm activation and arrived to find that the guard had been confronted by an armed suspect whilst on duty,” Mathios said.
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“The guard was robbed of his watch and cellphone. It is believed that the suspect may have gained entry by jumping over the fence,” he said.
“Luckily no shots were fired and no-one was injured during the incident,” he said.
The matter was reported to police by the victim, he said.