Three men, one armed with a toy gun and another with a cross bow, were arrested within twenty five minutes of allegedly robbing a shop in North End on Sunday afternoon,.
The Brothers Corner Shop at the corner of Perkin Street and Cawood Streets was robbed at about 5pm after one of the robbers pretended to be a customer.
Police spokeswoman Colonel Priscilla Naidu said that two suspects stood at the doorway to the shop while the third suspect entered the shop and requested a R5 airtime voucher. “As the cashier handed him the change, the suspect pulled out a firearm and pointed it at him. The suspect demanded cash from the till and the cashier’s cellphones,” she said.
After the robbery, the three fled on foot.
Naidu said that Operational Command Centre responded to the call for help. “Members arrived on the scene and followed up on information received from witnesses. After following up on leads, two suspects were arrested while hiding in an abandoned building in Middle Street. The two were found inside the toilet section of the building,” she said. “The third suspect was found in another abandoned room in Myrtle Street.”
All the stolen cash and both cellphones were recovered. “The firearm used in the robbery was found and was a toy gun. A cross bow was also found in their possession.”
Naidu said that they were trying to establish where the toy firearm and cross bow had been attained.
Mount Road Cluster Commander Major General Funeka Siganga said that detectives were looking to determine if the trio were linked to other crimes in the area.
The three, aged 23,24 and 28 years old, are appearing in the Port Elizabeth Magistrates Court on Tuesday for armed robbery and possession of a dangerous weapon.