Armed robbery of high-tech shop foiled, Randburg

South African Police Service

Armed robbery of high-tech shop foiled, Randburg
Armed robbery of high-tech shop foiled, Randburg

Police prevented what might have been a robbery of goods worth millions of rands when they intercepted a group of more than six suspects who had conspired to rob a high-tech shop at an office park in Randburg on the morning of 16 March 2019.

Cable ties, a jammer and three unlicensed pistols with ammunition were seized. Two suspects’ vehicles, a Honda and a Toyota, were impounded for further investigation as they may be linked to other serious and violent crimes.

Members of the Provincial Tracing Teams and Tactical Response Team responded to information about a gang that had conspired to rob a shop dealing with high-tech computers and cell phones in Randburg. During an operation, a group of suspects entered the premises traveling in two vehicles. Their vehicles were intercepted and six suspects were confronted.

As they were taken out of the vehicles, police observed that they were armed. In one vehicle, two firearms, a jammer and cable ties were found. The third firearm was found in a second vehicle. It is believed that some of the accomplices who walked into the park might have escaped when police stopped the vehicles. No shots were fired during the police operation.

The suspects who are believed to be involved in serious and violent crimes, especially business robberies are being profiled and questioned. Their firearms will be sent for ballistic examination as they might have been used during the commission of other crimes.

They will be charged with conspiracy to rob and possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition when they appear at the Randburg Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 18 March 2019.

The SAPS Gauteng Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela has instructed the investigating team to dig more information about this gang that may link them to other serious and violent crimes and prevent them from continuing with their criminal activities.

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