A quick-thinking security guard foiled an armed robbery in the Durban CBD when he pressed a panic button that caused the gang, which had held up staff, to immediately turn and flee the scene.
Police later arrested three of the suspects, who were hiding out in a nearby hotel.
Community and media liaison officer of Blue Security, Andreas Mathios said five armed suspects had walked into a business premises in Florence Nzama Road, posing as customers at around 12: 45pm.
“The gang held up the staff and security guard at gunpoint and grabbed the security guard’s firearm. The security guard managed to press a panic alarm to alert armed response officers to the scene,” Mathios said.
Some of the suspects fled on foot into Dr Pixley KaSeme Street and ran into a nearby hotel while others fled in a black Mercedes Benz.
Mathios advised business owners to install CCTV surveillance cameras linked to the business alarm system on their premises.
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