Two more suspects are on the run after two employees of a local supermarket in the Hartswater CBD were robbed on their way to the bank to deposit money.
THE PROVINCIAL SAPS Organised Crime Detectives are investigating an armed robbery after two male suspects were arrested in Hartswater on Tuesday.
Two other suspects are reportedly still on the run and are considered armed and dangerous.
The incident happened at 10am when two employees of a local supermarket in the Hartswater CBD were on their way to the bank to deposit money.
Northern Cape police spokesperson Captain Sergio Kock said it is alleged the employees were accosted by four men, who threatened them and grabbed a bag containing cash from them.
“The men fled in a white Honda Ballade and were pursued by community members and the owners of the supermarket,” said Kock.
“The suspects abandoned the vehicle in Utlwanang and fled on foot.”
Kock said one suspect was arrested in a nearby veld by members of the Hartswater SAPS.
“The Hartswater K9 unit speedily followed up on information and arrested another male suspect who was hiding in a shanty in Bonita Park, with the help of Tiger (a SAPS patrol dog).
“The police also discovered some of the cash that was allegedly stolen from the victims in the same shanty.”
After following up on more information, the police later discovered a firearm and ammunition underneath a bakkie that was parked in a yard in Hartswater.
“The Honda Ballade was seized as it was allegedly used in the commission of a crime.”
Kock said that anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the other two suspects is urged to call Detective Sergeant Rachel Moholwane on 071 686 0983 or via the My SAPS app.
“The public is warned not to approach the suspects as they are believed to be armed and dangerous.”
The Frances Baard district commissioner, Major-General Johan Bean, commended the police members from the various stations and units who were involved in the arrests of the suspects.
Bean also thanked community members for their assistance in the matter, pointing out that this was a clear example of partnership policing in the fight against crime.