National 27.7.2016 01:52 pm

Pizza delivery man helps catch armed robbers

The unlicensed firearm the suspects used to rob the shop on North Rand Road, Kempton Park.

The unlicensed firearm the suspects used to rob the shop on North Rand Road, Kempton Park.

One of the suspects was involved in a shootout with the police before surrendering.

A pizza delivery guy helped bring down two armed robbers on Monday afternoon in Kempton, Kempton Express reports.

The two suspects, aged 17 and 20, were chased down by a police officer and a private security company officer after they had robbed a shop on North Rand Road at about 3pm.

A Debonairs Pizza delivery man informed Alpha Security officer, Edrick Brummer, about two men who had just robbed the outlet. Brummer responded to the tip-off and pursued the suspects.

At about the same time, Warrant Officer Gcobane Dibanisa of Kempton SAPS had received the same information from a member of the public and also gave chase, police spokesperson Captain Jethro Mtshali said.

Dibanisa quickly caught and arrested the first suspect at the intersection of Pienaar Avenue, Kerk Street and Du Plessis Avenue.

“The second suspect jumped into the park on the corner of Pienaar Avenue and Commissioner Street,” Morné le Grange, general manager at Alpha Security, told Express.

In the meantime, back-up had been called and members of the police force, metro police and security company officers made their way to the scene.

“Once the suspect saw that he has been cornered inside the premises, he started shooting and the police returned fire. This didn’t last long as the suspect threw the firearm to the ground and gave himself up to police,” Le Grange said.

The second suspect was also arrested and joined his accomplice. They were charged with armed business robbery and the possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

Stolen goods, including cigarettes, a cellphone and an undisclosed amount of money, were recovered.

ER24 paramedics were called to the scene to assist, but fortunately no one was injured.

“Thanks to the fast response from Mr Brummer and W/O Dibanisa, who both acted on information from the public, the suspects were quickly arrested, the stolen property recovered and one more illegal firearm is off the streets.”

– Caxton News Service

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