Dumb thug robs a filling station with rifle stolen from cops
After a thug thought he had gotten away with robbing a shop with a rifle that had no magazine or ammunition, he was chased down and captured by the people he just robbed.
After he was arrested, police discovered that the firearm he possessed was in fact a SAPS rifle that was stolen from the Moroka police station in Soweto in 2005.
No one knew at the time how the firearm went missing from the cop shop.
It was reported for investigation, but no arrests were ever made and it was soon forgotten about.
Nearly 17 years later, on Monday, a criminal used the same stolen rifle to rob a 41-year-old cashier at a filling station in Krugersdorp West.
Police spokesperson Captain Solomon Sibiya said the suspect entered the shop and ordered everyone to be quiet as he flashed the rifle concealed underneath his jacket.
“The victim handed over undisclosed cash to the suspect who thereafter fled the scene on foot,” said Sibiya.
“During the high chase, a police officer stationed at Wedela SAPS, who was on his way to work, spotted the fleeing suspect and joined the chase,” said Sibiya.
He said the suspect jumped a few walls before cornering himself inside a yard behind a house in Bolton.
He was later apprehended by the brave police officer whilst still in possession of the rifle.
Sibiya said the 31-year-old suspect from Soweto is now behind bars and faces business robbery charges.
“Police specialised units will investigate further and take the firearm for ballistic tests to establish if it was previously used in similar crimes,” he said.
Westrand District commissioner Major General Fred Kekana was full of praise as he applauded the police officer.
“The member has shown a great deal of bravery and commitment to stop such a heinous crime, taking a risk of facing a heavily armed suspect,” said Kekana.
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