Business robber swiftly arrested

DURBAN – UThukela Tactical Response Team together with Public Order Policing Unit arrested a 49-year-old robbery suspect moments after the robbery took place.

Yesterday afternoon at 17:30 a cellphone store in Estcourt CBD was robbed by three armed men who forced their way into the premises when the employees were locking up. They held the staff up at gun point taking cellphones to the value of R250 000-00 before fleeing the scene. The incident was reported to the Estcourt police the team received information on the whereabouts of the suspects and proceeded to the Roosboom area in Ladysmith where the suspects were staying.

The suspects spotted the police approaching and two of the three suspects fled on foot whilst the third suspect was arrested on the scene. A 9mm pistol and a gas gun was recovered on the scene with one round of ammunition along with 64 stolen cellphones.

The suspect will be appearing in the Ladysmith Magistrate’s Court on 31 December 2021 for charges of robbery, possession of suspected stolen property and unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition.

Source: South African Police Service

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