It was alleged the men accosted three women at gunpoint in their tuck shop and robbed them of three cellphones and an undisclosed amount of money, South Coast Sun reported.
The suspects fled on foot and members of the community alerted a passing patrol van, police said.
Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said police arrested the men and recovered three cell phones, stolen cash, and a toy gun that was used in the robbery.
The men are expected to appear in Umbumbulu Magistrates’ Court soon.
KZN provincial commissioner Lieutenant-General Mmamonnye Ngobeni commended Umbumbulu police for their quick response.
“We appreciate the efforts of the community. However, we also wish to warn the public that they should not take the law into their own hands. We need to work together to bring the perpetrators of crimes to book so that they will be prosecuted for their wrongful actions,” said Ngobeni.
In a separate incident, two teenagers were arrested for allegedly robbing a shop in Zola, Soweto, in Gauteng, in December last year.
Warrant Officer Kay Makhubela said the two allegedly pointed the toy pistol at the shop owner and took an undisclosed amount of money, prepaid airtime vouchers and cigarettes.
“We the police arrived at the scene [and] … found out that the gun the suspects used was a toy gun,” said Makhubela.
– Caxton News Service