Four in custody after armed robbery at petrol filling station

A police member with a suspect. Photo supplied

FOUR suspects aged between 25 and 34 are in custody following an armed robbery and a shootout with police on the N2 highway at the entrance to The Crags, Plettenberg Bay this morning.

According to Searg Christopher Spies, police spokesperson, the suspects, from the Cape Metropole, are facing charges of armed robbery, illegal possession of firearms and unlawful possession of ammunition. More charges could be added as the investigation unfolds. They are expected to appear in the Plettenberg Bay Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, 5 October 2021.

At least one more suspect is yet to be arrested.

Crime scene experts combed the scene for clues when the police discovered a 9 mm handgun with ammunition, two air guns and an undisclosed amount of cash. Three cell phones stolen during the incident were also recovered. A Nissan panel van, believed to be used as a getaway vehicle, was also found abandoned in the nearby forest.

Investigation into the matter continues.