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Cop arrested after business robbed

Police Superintendant Andre Traut. Picture: Sophia Stander

Police Superintendant Andre Traut. Picture: Sophia Stander

Published Apr 12, 2013

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Cape Town - A policeman, who was using a police vehicle, and five civilians were arrested in connection with an armed robbery in Montague Gardens last night.

Six people approached a 33-year-old Chinese man at his business in Marconi Road at about 8.55pm and robbed him of a “substantial” amount of cash, said police liaison officer Lieutenant Colonel André Traut.

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The six, one of whom was dressed in a police uniform, fled the scene in three vehicles, including a black Mercedes-Benz Vito bus.

Flying Squad members, on patrol in Voortrekker Road, Bellville, spotted the Vito and gave chase. After a brief pursuit, the vehicle was brought to a stop and the occupants, who tried to flee, were arrested.

One suspect was shot in the foot during the fracas.

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“One of the six suspects was identified as a 31-year-old police constable, while the other five are civilians,” Traut said. “Three suspects are still being sought. The Mercedes vehicle is also the property of the SAPS.

“Crimes perpetrated by our members are viewed in a very serious light and every endeavour will be made to get rid of them. Police members who are under the perception that they are above the law should seriously reconsider their thoughts.”

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