The State has provisionally dropped charges against the 10 men accused of vandalising luxury vehicles at the Toy Shop in Milnerton, Cape Town.
National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) regional spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila said: “The State provisionally withdrew charges against all the accused in order to pursue further investigation before presenting its case before the court.”
The 10 men, aged 22 to 47, were arrested through a police tracing operation.
News 24 reports that the men face charges of business robbery, malicious damage to property, and extortion.
CCTV footage shows a large group of men entering the dealership. Seconds later, they are seen smashing the windows of the vehicles and physically attacking the staff.
#footage of incident in Paarden Eiland, Cape Town where suspects damaged luxurious cars and beat up staff. At this dealership.. Watch @BOSBEER2006 @1SecondLater @MARIUSBROODRYK @News24 @SAPoliceService @eNCA @SABCNews @JulianJansen pic.twitter.com/TAkEViO0QB
— BOSBEER.COM (@BOSBEER2006) February 17, 2021
Car showroom in Northgate, Paarden Eiland, Cape Town- staff assaulted and cars damaged. pic.twitter.com/WQ8e2caSuL
— Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) February 17, 2021
According to reports, around 40 people came into the store and demanded two vehicles. They were denied, after which they damaged eight cars.
Since the incident occurred, allegations of extortion have emerged.