An employee has been praised for his quick thinking, after foiling a robbery at Sky City Mall in Kliprivier.
The incident happened on Sunday.
It is said that the employee managed to get out of the premises and lock inside two armed robbers.
“A quick-thinking employee at the mall locked two armed robbers inside the safe before the police arrived at the scene and arrested them.
“They were found inside the safe with stolen cash. The police also recovered a firearm, which they had allegedly used to shoot at the door of the safe while trapped inside,” said police spokesperson Colonel Lungelo Dlamini.
Upon receiving reports, members of the K9 and Flying Squad surrounded the complex. There was slight commotion during the arrest, leaving the two gunmen slightly injured. They were taken to Sebokeng Hospital under police guard.
“They will be charged with attempted murder, business robbery and the possession of an unlicensed firearm. The suspects are being profiled to establish if they are part of a gang involved in serious and violent crimes, including business robberies and the hijacking of vehicles,” he added.
It is said the two had accomplices waiting in a getaway car, but they fled once things got thick.