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Police officer, accomplice arrested for allegedly robbing a business of clothing worth R100 000 in Durban

Police officer and accomplice nabbed for a business robbery in Durban. Picture: SAPS

Police officer and accomplice nabbed for a business robbery in Durban. Picture: SAPS

Published May 19, 2022

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Durban - A police officer and his accomplice were arrested after being found on the wrong side of the law in Durban on Wednesday.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Nqobile Gwala said that at 3.25pm on Wednesday, five men stormed business premises on Joe Slovo (Field) Street.

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“At gunpoint, they took various clothing items to the value of R100 000 before fleeing the scene in two vehicles,” Gwala said.

She said that Durban Central police were immediately alerted, and they swiftly responded to the scene.

Police were given the direction of the suspects, and a chase ensued.

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“The suspect's vehicle was intercepted on Fenton Lane, where it was established that the driver of the vehicle was a police officer stationed at Umlazi SAPS. The driver was placed under arrest along with his accomplice. Further investigation led the team to Umlazi where clothing items with price tags were recovered, a replica pistol, and a 9mm was also recovered,” Gwala said.

“The same team proceeded to Glebelands Hostel, where a pistol with three rounds of ammunition was recovered. The preliminary investigation conducted at the scene revealed that the firearm was stolen, and the case was opened in Bhekithemba.”

“The suspect's vehicle and four cellphones were seized for further investigation,” Gwala explained.

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She said both suspects, aged 20 and 24, would appear before the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Friday for business robbery.

Gwala added that police were still searching for the remaining suspects.

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