Policemen arrested after failed armed robbery

The scene outside Jet Mart where staff were taken hostage by two policemen and their accomplices. Pic: Krugersdorp News

The scene outside Jet Mart where staff were taken hostage by two policemen and their accomplices. Pic: Krugersdorp News

Two police offers have been arrested following a failed armed robbery at a Jet Mart store in Krugersdorp, on the West Rand.

It is alleged the police officers and two of their accomplices entered the store in Monument Street at about 2pm yesterday. They pointed fire arms at the staff members at the store and tied them up while they cut open the safe, Krugersdorp News reported.

After approximately four hours, police managed to arrest the four robbers. They were subsequently detained at the Randfontein police Station.

Provincial police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said departmental steps will be taken against the police officers.

“Police management in Gauteng is of great concern and we will take strong action against police officers who are corrupt and involved in criminal activities. Those officers are a burden to the force and any information to expose them can be forwarded to the Provincial Duty General and Brigadier on 082 313 8299 or 082 444 4354 at all hours,” he said in a statement.

The suspects have been charged with business robbery and will appear in court soon.

In another incident, two police officers were robbed of their fire arms and car keys by bogus cops in Boksburg, on the East Rand last Wednesday.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Kwendzakwakhe Ngobese said: “The suspects driving in a vehicle described as a charcoal VW Golf equipped with a police siren opened fire on the Ford Fiesta and hit the windscreen and the boot, forcing the motorist to stop his car.”

“The suspects then confronted the driver and robbed him of an undisclosed amount of cash and his car keys,” he added.

Ngobese said two Boksburg police officers in private clothes were driving in an unmarked vehicle when they noticed something suspicious was happening and proceeded to the scene.

“However, the wailing of police sirens on the suspects’ vehicle tricked the officers into believing that it was their colleagues who had already responded to the scene. The officers decided to also respond to the scene to act as backup,” he added.

“To their great surprise, the suspects pointed guns at them and robbed them of their belongings before fleeing the scene,” said Ngobese.

– Caxton News Service

 

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