Mooinooi and Brits Police apprehended a 35-year-old man after he and seven others allegedly committed a business robbery at a retail store in a Shopping Complex at Mooinooi, on Sunday, 19 December 2021.
According to reports, two police officials and an administration clerk walked in on a business robbery in progress at one of the retail stores.
The suspects allegedly pointed the police officers with firearms and subsequently disarmed them of their service firearms.
The suspects then allegedly took an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the scene with two white Toyota Corolla vehicles. A law abiding citizen tipped the police and gave them descriptions of the getaway cars.
According to information received, Brits Police who were rushing to back up their counterparts in Mooinooi spotted the suspects’ vehicles on the N4 road towards Brits.
As a result, a high speed car chase ensued until the suspects abandoned their vehicles and ran into the bushes.
The police managed to arrest the 35-year-old suspect who is expected to appear before the Brits Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, 21 December 2021, facing charges of business robbery, and two counts of robbery with firearms.
Investigation into the matter, including tracing of the remaining suspects, is underway.
The North West Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena thanked the community member for the vigilance and sharing with the police information which led to the arrest and recovery of the firearms. He further reminded the police to always be alert.