Manager, accomplice arrested for staged robbery

The manager of QBar  and another man posing as a robber. Pic: Bedfordview Edenvale News

The manager of QBar and another man posing as a robber. Pic: Bedfordview Edenvale News

The manager of QBa Stoneridge Shopping Centre in Edenvale, on the East Rand, and a man posing as a robber have been arrested for perjury following a staged robbery on Friday morning.

Edenvale police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Robbie Roberts said police received a report of a business robbery in progress at the popular bar. When police arrived at the scene, they found the alleged robber still on the premises, Bedfordview Edenvale News reported.

Roberts added crime prevention officers suspected foul play and questioned the store manager.

“After reviewing all information as well as CCTV footage, officers arrested the man who committed the robbery as well as the manager at the bar,” he said.

Through investigations, officers were able to determine that the manager had set up the robbery, added Roberts. An undisclosed amount of money was recovered from the alleged robber as well as from the manager. Both suspects were charged with perjury and taken to Edenvale Police Station.

In a separate incident, a 35-year-old man was arrested and charged with perjury and defeating the ends of justice after he spun an elaborate story to cover up the loss of his employer’s vehicle in January.

The man allegedly told police his employer’s car had been hijacked in Forest Town, near Zoo Lake, two days earlier.

“Officers tried to assist him, but they noticed that he was making contradictory statements,” said Mdletshe.

The man claimed he had gone to a garage to buy mielie-meal and stopped at a Pick ‘n Pay to buy meat before being hijacked.

Police then took him to both locations to verify his story, and the man was shown CCTV footage at the garage taken on the evening of the alleged incident.

– Caxton News Service


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