An instantaneous response by the SAPS Kathu to an armed robbery at the OK Foods shop at the Engen garage in Kathu, saved more than R200 000 that had already been bagged by a team of four armed men from Garankuwa, Pretoria.
The incident happened at around 07:00 on Sunday morning November 26, 2017 during the change of shifts.
A private vehicle, a Ford Territory, regis-tration number FK 51 NG GP was parked suspiciously facing on-coming traffic, with two men inside. The other two men had al-ready gotten inside the shop to execute the crime, but in the full glare of one of the em-ployees, who tipped the police off in the wink of an eye and whom responded like-wise.
According to the Station Commander of SAPS Kathu, Lieutenant Colonel Neville Klaassen, the two robbers inside the shop
had guns - one of which was a stolen police weapon.
The two-armed robbers held the manager and employees in the office, while another employee was alerted of the situation and tipped the police off, the police station being situated just a stone throw away from the station.
The shift commander, Warrant Officer Raymond Tlhankana, and his team reacted swiftly and strategically raided the place. As the robbers approached their vehicle with the loot, the police was already waiting for them.
All four robbers were arrested at the scene and were being detained at the station. The Station Commander was greatly impressed with the reaction of his force. He said that most of the armed robberies in the area are orchestrated by people from outside the region.
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