‘Robbers’ cornered after high-speed chase in the east

SAPS Brooklyn Acting Station Commander Colonel Solly Machoga Photo: Supplied

Three men have been arrested following a high-speed chase that ended in Gordon Avenue when they were cornered.

This is according to police spokesperson Captain Colette Weilbach who said the chase ensued after a student was robbed of her cellphone in Hatfield.

The incident occurred yesterday about 11:30, an 18-year-old University of Pretoria student was sitting outside her place of residence in Hatfield.

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The student was using her cellphone when an unknown man suddenly grabbed it from her hands and got into a silver Hyundai i10 with two other occupants and fled.

Weilbach said SAPS Brooklyn officers happened to be patrolling the same street just after the robbery occurred.

The student stopped them and reported the incident and gave them a description of the clothing of the suspect and of the vehicle that was used.

“The police officers immediately gave chase and informal car guards that are working in Hatfield further assisted the police by pointing out the direction in which the suspects fled.”

A vehicle matching the description was picked up in Stanza Bopape Road and a chase ensued until the police officers managed to stop and arrest the suspects.

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The student later positively identified the suspect that snatched her cellphone and the trio, aged 27, 31 and 37 from Berea and are expected appear in the Hatfield Community Court on charges of common robbery.

In a separate incident on Tuesday security officers from Fidelity ADT and a member from the Brooklyn CPF also assisted in arresting two suspects after they allegedly robbed a 34-year-old female pedestrian near Magnolia Dell Park in Bailey’s Muckleneuk of her cellphone.

Weilbach said there was an increase in the robbery of pedestrians and restaurant and fast food outlets patrons in the Brooklyn policing precinct in which cellphones were targeted.

Brooklyn SAPS Acting Station Commander, Colonel Solly Machoga congratulated his members, the CPF and the security partners for the sterling work and the way they operated together to apprehend the suspects.

He said that the additional patrols and crime prevention measurements that were put in place to address these crimes were starting to bear fruit. He cautioned people to take the necessary precautions when using their cellphones in public places.

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