Police in Limpopo, South Africa have launched a manhunt of three robbers who stormed and attempted to burgle a cellphone shop in the Polokwane CBD on Wednesday but were overpowered by shoppers.
“According to the preliminary investigations, we found that about four men went to the shop where they attacked and pointed a firearm. During the ordeal, people then realised that only one of them actually had a firearm and they fought back,” said police spokesperson Col Moatshe Ngoepe.
Ngoepe added that people who were in the shop at the time overpowered the four men although,three men were able to escape while the fourth, who had a firearm, was held and later arrested.
In the video, a group of men dressed in black and with covered faces can be seen entering the shop and instructing people to get down on the floor. One of the men can be seen carrying a bag and is stationed not far from the teller. Shoppers started moving towards the robbers to rescue the store’s owners.
As seen in the video, there was physical altercation, resulting in the robbers being overpowered and subsequently fleeing.
“During the incident, three of the four guys were able to run away without any goods, they jumped into a VW while the other one was apprehended with a firearm,” Ngoepe added.