South Africa 2.2.2015 11:06 am

Pretoria filling station robbed

Picture: Thinkstock

Picture: Thinkstock

A robber was shot and wounded by police, while two others were arrested, after an armed robbery at a filling station in Pretoria.

According to police spokesperson, Sergeant Anne Poortman, three armed men entered a Shell filling station at about 9pm on Friday, Rekord East reported.

“One of them remained at the door with a firearm while the other two took cartons of cigarettes and demanded cash from the cashier,” she said.

A customer filling up at the Shell station noticed the robbery and drove off to notify the police who were patrolling nearby.

The police then called for backup before making their way to the scene. They commanded the robber who was keeping watch outside to surrender, but instead he opened fire.

Police retaliated, and the armed robber was wounded by police fire.

“The police went into the filling station shop and arrested the other two men. The injured man was taken to a nearby hospital, where he is under police guard,” Poortman said.

The other two suspects were allegedly being detained at Central Police Station.

A firearm, R4000 in cash and cigarettes were recovered, and a case of business robbery was opened.

The three suspects are set to appear in the Pretoria Magistrates’ Court soon.

Last week, CCTV footage surfaced showing a balaclava-clad man armed with a shotgun single-handedly robbing the Shell Clubview filling station on Old Johannesburg Road in Centurion.

The man, believed to be in his late 20s, allegedly entered the convenience store at about 8.40pm last Friday and ordered the cashier to stop what he was doing and move aside.

He then opened the till and took about R2000 before fleeing in a blue car.

A robbery docket was later opened at Wierdabrug Police Station.

– Caxton News Service

 

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