Three armed robbers, who stormed a fabric shop in Brits on Friday, were caught after a high-speed police chase through Brits and Hartbeespoort on Friday morning, 18 September.
The armed robbers, driving in a high-performance Mercedes Benz AMG, stormed a fabric shop in Tom Street in Brits around 10:00 and held the owner and her sons at gunpoint, demanding money.
“The son was outside smoking when the Mercedes Benz, that cost over a R1 million, stopped. He took down the registration number with the idea of calling the owner later to enquire if he did not want to sell the car,” said police spokesperson Colonel Adele Myburgh.
Two of the men inside the car got out and went into the shop, pulled out firearms and held the owner and sons at gunpoint. They took money and other items, jumped into the car and sped away.
“At that moment, a police patrol vehicle drove by and the shop owners could immediately report the robbery, as well as supply the police officers with the registration number,” Myburgh said.
The Brits police’s Tactical Response Team was dispatched and a lookout for the vehicle circulated. A high-speed chase followed with response vehicles from Protego and Alpha security services joining in the chase through Brits and along the R511 and through Hartbeespoort to the N4 near the Pelindaba Plaza.
“The suspects were sometimes veering off the road onto the gravel in order to get away and on the N4, one of the low profile tyres burst, forcing the suspects to stop.”
Two of the robbers jumped out of the car and fled on foot into the veld. “Police apprehended the third robber in the vehicle who had a firearm in his possession. A police helicopter joined the search and with the assistance of security officers and members of the community, the other two suspects were also found a while later and arrested.”
The police are investigating an armed business robbery case.