A robber has been shot dead and three of his accomplices were arrested during a stop-and-search operation conducted by police in Sunnyside, Pretoria early today.
Police spokesperson Captain Colette Weilbach said the suspects robbed a house in Elardus Park this morning. Police received information of suspicious men who got into a minibus taxi from Elardus Park to the Pretoria CBD.
Weilbach said the taxi was stopped in Justice Mohammed Road in Sunnyside at 06:05am. Police searched everyone inside the minibus, Rekord East reported.
“One man got out of the taxi with a hidden firearm. When police wanted to search the man, he fired a shot. Another police officer then shot and killed the suspect,” added Weilbach.
Weilbach said three other men were then arrested. They were found in possession of jewellery, laptops, cameras and other items. The stolen items were all taken during the house robbery in Elardus Park.
Two unlicensed firearms and ammunition were also seized.
“The three suspects in their early thirties are from Mamelodi. They will appear in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Monday on various charges, including possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition, possession of stolen goods, attempted murder and house robbery,” said Weilbach.
Police would investigate whether the arrested suspects could be linked to other crimes.
In a separate incident, a robber was shot dead by police during a shootout in Hammanskraal, north of Pretoria last year.
Police spokesperson Captain Tshekiso Mofokeng said: “Five armed suspects entered the Build IT store carrying school bags, yesterday. They took cash and a DVD player.
“A police intervention unit acting on a tip-off confronted the suspect as they were about to leave the crime scene. When they saw the police, they opened fire and the police retaliated, killing one suspect. Another suspect was arrested on the scene. The other robbers escaped in a red Nissan Almera,” added Mofokeng.
– Caxton News Service