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Brave car guard helps in the arrest of one of four armed robbers at mall

Jun 25, 2018
Brave car guard helps in the arrest of one of four armed robbers at mall

A brave car guard and a security official at a Port Elizabeth mall chased after armed robbery suspects as they were fleeing after allegedly robbing a clothing retail store on Friday evening.

According to police information, at about 17:00, just as the store was closing in Pier 14 shopping complex in Port Elizabeth, four men entered the store and pretended to be customers.

"One of the men then pulled out a firearm and pointed it at the three staff members and ordered them into the storeroom. The suspects then started loading clothing, cell phones and other items from the racks into tog bags," said Port Elizabeth police.

"They fled the store also taking cash with them. The security guard at the mall was alerted and as the suspects were running out he ran after them.

"A car guard who saw him chasing after the suspect joined in the chase and managed to arrest one of the suspects. Two bags of clothing was recovered. The estimated value of the recovered property is about R16 000."

An unknown amount of money was also taken.

The other two suspects managed to escape with another tog bag of clothing and cell phones. No one was injured in the incident.

The suspect, 23 years old, was detained on a case of armed robbery and will appear in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court on Monday.

SAPS Cluster Commander for Mount Road, Maj Gen Thembisile Patekile, has commended the car guard and praised him for his brave actions.

"We really appreciate his efforts in arresting the suspect. These suspects were armed and could have shot at him but his actions were selfless as he didn’t even think of himself but rather to assist the security guard. This is what community policing is all about. – keeping your eyes and ears open to anything suspicious going on around you," added Maj Gen Patekile.