Quick thinking security guards managed to free hostages.
Hi-tec Security said in a Facebook post that it had received a panic signal from a business in Bathurst Street at about 8.30am.
“Our ... control room received a panic signal and immediately dispatched armed response.”
Hi-tec said that when the staff arrived for work and opened the business at their client’s premises, two robbers had entered and threatened them with a firearm.
The shop owner managed to trigger his remote panic button, which was on his person, without the robbers noticing.
“Within minutes, six Hi-tec armed officers responded and surrounded the premises.
(Image source: Hi-tec security Facebook page)
“When our officers entered the building, the robbers could be seen holding a firearm to one of the [staff member’s] heads.
The officers overpowered and arrested the would-be robbers.
“All the stolen cash was recovered, as well as the getaway car and firearm used by the offenders.”
Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Majola Nkohli said: “The two men were arrested at the scene and police were summoned.
“A preliminary investigation revealed that the recovered firearm was a toy gun.
“The two men, aged 30 and 42, are due to appear in court on Monday.”
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