Chase after police walk in on robbery

Police arrested one of a gang following a high speed chase after police members walked in on an armed robbery at Mooinooi near Brits.

According to police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Amanda Funani, members of the Moonooi police walked into a business robbery at a retail store in Moonooi. A gang of seven held people in the store as well as the police at gunpoint and disarmed the police officers. The robbers then took an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the scene with two white Toyota Corolla vehicles. A member of the public who saw the incident gave the police a description of the getaway cars.

Funani said Brits police rushed to the scene to assist and spotted the suspects’ vehicles on the N4 road towards Brits. “A high speed car chase ensued until the suspects abandoned their vehicles and ran into the bushes. The police managed to arrest a 35-year-old suspect who appeared in the Brits Magistrates’ Court on charges of business robbery, and two counts of robbery with firearms. Investigation into the matter, including tracing of the remaining suspects, is underway.”

The North West Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena thanked the community members for their vigilance and sharing of information with the police that led to the arrest and recovery of the firearms.