Retail robbers caught

Two people were injured in a crash in Bellville at the weekend. A Community Medics medic was on his way home on Sunday when he saw the crash on the corner of AJ West Street and Voortrekker Road. He then stopped to assist.

Police arrested two men shortly after a shop was robbed in Voortrekker Road, Bellville, last week.

SAPS spokesman Lieutenant Colonel André Traut said three armed men had threatened the staff of a retail chain store at 4.15pm and fled the scene with clothing and fragrance products.

“SAPS members were quick to respond, and spotted the getaway vehicle, a Toyota Avanza.

“After a short pursuit, two of the suspects were arrested and are due to make a court appearance in Bellville on a charge of aggravated robbery, once they have been charged. The stolen items were retrieved,” he said.

* A quick-thinking member of the public slammed the brakes on two suspected thieves in a shopping centre parking lot last week.

One of the suspects had allegedly smashed a vehicle’s window to steal a handbag at the Kenridge Centre, on Wednesday February 21, said Durbanville police spokesman Captain Marchelle Rhode.

But a man managed to block the alleged getaway car, a VW Jetta, with his bakkie and detained the suspects who were then arrested by the police.