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2022/05/20      |  Written By:  Lieutenant Colonel N Gwala   |   Province:  Kwazulu-Natal

DURBAN: 19 May 2022 – On 18 May 2022 at 15:25, five armed men stormed the business premises situated on Field Street in Durban. At gunpoint, they took various clothing items to the value of R100 000-00 before fleeing the scene in two vehicles.

Durban Central police were immediately alerted and they swiftly responded to the scene. Police were given the direction of the suspects and the chase ensued. The suspect's vehicle was intercepted on Fenton Lane where it was established that the driver of the vehicle was a police officer stationed at Umlazi SAPS. The driver was placed under arrest along with his accomplice. Further investigation led the team to Umlazi where clothing items with price tags were recovered, replica pistol and a 9mm was also recovered.

The same team proceeded to Glebelands Hostel where a pistol with three rounds of ammunition was recovered. The preliminary investigation conducted at the scene revealed that the firearm was stolen and the case was opened in Bhekithemba. The suspect's vehicle and four cellphones were seized for further investigation. Police are still searching for the remaining suspects. Both suspects aged 20 and 24 will appear before the Durban Magistrates' Court tomorrow for business robbery.