Robber’s getaway vehicle crashes

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Johannesburg - A man was arrested for armed robbery when his getaway vehicle crashed in Jeppestown on Tuesday, said Johannesburg police.

Captain Kabelo Marumo said the man and three accomplices robbed two Chinese nationals of an undisclosed amount of money in New Doornfontein at 10am.

The robbers, who were in two cars, forced the foreigners' car off the road.

The robbers in one of the vehicles drove away. The others jumped out of their car, held up their victims at gunpoint and robbed them of two bags, said Marumo.

“A patrol police vehicle appeared while the suspects were running towards the getaway vehicle, which was identified as hijacked in January in Cleveland,” he said.

A shootout ensued and the getaway car crashed into oncoming traffic in Jeppestown. One of the robbers was trapped in the car and was arrested. The others fled.

Unlicensed 9mm and 7.65mm pistols were seized and one of the stolen bags was recovered.

Police believed one of the men was wounded in the shooting.

“We are still busy with investigations and searching for the other three,” said Marumo.

The arrested man was expected to appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Wednesday. - Sapa


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