Gun-wielding suspect arrested after robbing spaza shop

Katlehong Police received a complaint on Monday morning, March 1, that there has been a robbery committed by unknown man at a spaza shop in Moleleki Extension 2.

The 32 year old complainant was robbed at gunpoint in broad daylight in his store. An amount of R2000, three cellphones and six bath soaps were taken. According to the victim, the suspect fled on foot in an unknown direction.

“Police on arrival at the said address, interviewed the complainant in trying to find out the description of the suspect. Then later on the same day, when Crime Prevention members were busy with their patrols around the same area, they noticed the same suspect fitting the description given by the complainant. The suspect was cornered and arrested on the spot, it was discovered that he still has the firearm in his possession that he possibly used to commit crime,” said Katlehong police in a statement.

The suspect is now charged with three charges; business robbery being the initial charge, including additional charges of possession of an unlicensed firearm and live ammunition.

“The suspect will soon face the music at Palm Ridge Magistrate court and the firearm recovered will be taken to ballistic to have it checked if it was not used to commit other crimes,” said Constable Sivenkosi Mthwa (Katlehong SAPS spokesperson).

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