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2021/05/03      |  Written By:  Captain FC Van Wyk   |   Province:  Western Cape

WESTERN CAPE: 02 MAY 2021- Eight suspects were arrested a day after they committed a business robbery in Constantia  on Friday morning.

At approximately 10:00 on Friday morning,  information was received about the whereabouts of the suspects and the location of the vehicles that were used during the business robbery on Thursday at a post office in Constantia where an undisclosed amount of cash was taken.

The vehicles were spotted in Hout Bay and brought to a stop for purposes of conducting a search. Eight males aged between 25 and 32 were arrested with two imitation firearms confiscated and handed in as exhibits. A case of possession of imitation firearms utilised in the execution of a crime was opened at Hout Bay SAPS

The eight suspects will appear in Wynberg Magistrates' Court on Monday 2021-05-03 on the mentioned charges. 

In an unrelated matter, on 1 May 2021 at approximately 03:30, Kensington CPU members saw a known gang member, walking with an exposed firearm in Matroos Plein, Kensington.  The well-known suspect was apprehended and the firearm confiscated. 

The suspect immediately started calling out for help and approximately 30 unknown members of the community came out of their homes and threatened to shoot the police members if the suspect is not released. The community members started throwing stones at the SAPS members and the vehicles and thereby aiding and abetting the gunman to escape.  

The SAPS vehicles were slightly damaged. No shots were fired and no further arrests were made.

The firearm was positively linked to a Kimberley case and was handed in at Kensington SAPS on a charge of possession of unlicensed firearm and attack on police.

Incidents of violent crimes in the area as well as  attacks on police are becoming a common occurrence and that is of grave concern to the SAPS management. Community members are reminded to respect the rule of law.

Anyone with information on the identity of the community members who participated in aiding and abetting the suspect as well as his whereabouts is requested to contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111.  All information received will be handled in strict confidence.