Brazen robbers attack clothing store

The three suspects allegedly entered the clothing store as customers, and in turn held up the staff at gunpoint and broke the cash register and cell phone display cupboard.  A staff member is said to have pressed the panic button alerting law enforcement.

Police arrived on the scene promptly barricading all exit points of the store.  Gun shots were fired by the robbers. Police retaliated with several shots shooting two of the robbers in the leg and one managed to escape.


Bystanders on the scene told the Maritzburg Sun everything happened quickly and were alarmed by sirens and gunshots. “We heard screams, and knew that something life threating was happening”, said one of the bystanders.

SAPS spokesperson Mthokozisi Ngobese confirmed that the two robbers have been taken into custody with investigations of armed robbery and attempted murder.   “It was a successful arrest as nothing was taken from the shop, police managed to stop the robbers. A case docket of armed robbery and attempted murder is being investigated as shots were fired at police,” said Ngobese.

Bongeka Sibisi

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