Franschhoek, known for its peaceful atmosphere and delicious wines, recently made headlines for other reasons. Additionally, another spot in the Western Cape also saw a successful round of cops and robbers in favour of the former.
The Franschhoek heist attempt resulted in two people being arrested after allegedly attacking a crewman and attempting to rob a cash box from Diamond Discount Liquor store, before making a not-so-smooth getaway that ended up in arrest.
According to Zinzi Hani from the Hawks, the Fidelity armed vehicle saw a chase ensue after the Ford Ka getaway car raced to the rescue of the alleged perpetrators who had stolen a canister dropped by the crewman, as per IOL. The chase continued with the suspects on foot after they abandoned the vehicle, which is when local security and community efforts teamed up to save the day and recover the stolen canister box.
The pair are set to appear before the Paarl Magistrate’s Court on 17 June, but they aren’t the only ones set to face the law’s music in the Western Cape.
According to the SAPS, another series of arrests were made thanks to the swift response of two Kuilsrivier SAPS members. This chapter of crime saw an armed robbery occur at a second-hand goods store.
The unsung hero? A motorist who spotted one of the suspects ready to flee in a taxi. Their keen eye landed the suspect on a different trip to the one they expected, featuring handcuffs. The taxi-fleer was found to be in the possession of a 9mm pistol, stolen in the Eastern Cape almost two decades ago.
In total, three suspects were arrested.
As for this set’s court appearances, the Kuilsrivier Magistrates court is expected to hear them once charges have been pressed.