Ricochet News

Toy gun robbers run out of luck after Cape Road robbery

Oct 30, 2018
Toy gun robbers run out of luck after Cape Road robbery

Immediate response by police to a business robbery in Cape Road, Port Elizabeth, resulted in the arrest of two suspects and the recovery of the stolen items.

According to police spokesperson, W/O Alwin Labans, on Monday, at about 13:00, two males were in a café in Cape Road and were seated at a table sipping a cool drink.

"One of the males then approached the 35-year-old complainant, who was at the counter and pointed her with a firearm.

"The complainant and her assistant were ordered into the back room where they were tied up with cello tape," he described.

"The suspects emptied the cash register, took some of the items from the café, the complainant’s handbag and a cell phone."

Alert member of the public called the police

W/O Labans said that a witness noticed the strange behaviour of one of the suspects and immediately contacted the police.

"Members from Mount Road Cluster OCC responded and upon acting on information received, a taxi was stopped in CJ Langenhoven Drive and both were suspects arrested with all the stolen property," he added.

"The firearm was a toy gun. They were detained on a charge of business robbery and are expected to appear in court soon."

Mount Road SAPS Cluster Commander, Major General Thembisile Patekile, applauded the members for their swift response and immediate follow up on the information.

He also thanked the alert member of the community and urged businesses to be vigilant as we enter the festive season. 

Follow more RNEWS articles, subscribe to our YouTube channel and for breaking news LIKE us on Facebook.