DURBAN Yesterday, five suspects entered a business premises on Jammu Road in Merebank and held up staff at gunpoint. They stole an undisclosed amount of cash and cigarettes before fleeing the scene in their getaway vehicle.
Police were alerted and immediately responded to the robbery. The suspect's vehicle was spotted on Rana Road in Isipingo. Police intercepted the vehicle and two suspects were arrested. Additional police units responded and a follow up operation was conducted which led to the arrest of three suspects along the railway line on Rana Road. A vehicle that was used during the commission of the offence, knives as well as a gas gun was seized from the suspects. The suspects, aged between 20 and 25, are due to appear in the Durban Magistrates Court soon on charges of robbery.
The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula praised the police officers for their speedy response which resulted in the apprehension of the suspects. Strategically deploying police officers along known escape routes in our hotspot areas is assisting us to respond speedily when crimes do occur. We will continue to break the backs of these criminal syndicates who prey on business and home owners in the province, he said.
Source: South African Police Service