The Western Cape Flying Squad arrested seven suspects through strategic action, after receiving intelligence regarding a Stellenbosch business robbery on Friday morning.
Brigadier Novela Potelwa reports that several suspects, some posing as police officers, entered the supermarket on Bird Street at 08:45, under the guise of searching the business for drugs.
The owner became suspicious and was allegedly assaulted after asking the suspects more questions about why they were there. Staff members were threatened and the suspects fled the scene, stealing boxes of cigarettes and R90 000 in cash.
“In the getaway vehicle, the suspects drove at a high speed towards Mfuleni. Western Cape Flying Squad members followed in search of the vehicle. Within a few hours, they had apprehended seven suspects in a shack in Mfuleni. Cash, boxes of cigarettes and three firearms, one was reportedly stolen in Claremont in 2018, were seized,” Potelwa reports.
Western Cape Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Thembisile Patekile praised the Flying Squad’s swift response in arresting the suspects and recovering the stolen goods.
The suspects, aged between 30 and 59, will be expected to appear in court on Monday facing charges of business robbery, illegal possession of firearms, ammunition and stolen property as well as impersonating police officials.