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THURSDAY, 16 MAY 2013 Price: R6.00 | Tel 021 853 0211 | DistrictMAIL 16 May, 2013 1 HEARTBEAT OF THE HELDERBERG Gewapende rooftog in SW 3 SW teens meet Justin Bieber 5 Rape victim left helpless 7 Let’s Play Star – Brendan Venter 31 Two suspected armed robbers crashed their getaway vehicle after trying to escape along the N2 with a large number of stolen cigarettes. ARRESTED: ROBBERS STILL IN HOSPITAL Shoot­out after cigarette heist JAMEY THOMAS Two armed robbery suspects sustained serious injuries in a shootout while attempting to escape with cigarettes worth R100 000 on Tuesday (14 May). According to Constable Suzan Jantjies, spokesperson for the Somerset West police, the incident occurred around 08:00 when a British American Tobacco (BAT) delivery vehicle stopped at a tuck shop in Sir Lowry’s Pass to drop off supplies. Two armed men approached the delivery vehicle and held the driver at gunpoint. The men off-loaded the large supply of cigarettes into the back of a dark green Ford bakkie and locked the driver of the delivery vehicle in the cargo area. The robbers drove off with the load, in the direction of the N2 towards Cape Town. “In the meantime, the driver they had locked up managed to free himself from the delivery vehicle and informed his colleagues, who were delivering supplies in Lwandle, about what has happened,” said Jantjies. “The driver gave his colleagues a detailed description of the getaway vehicle.” The driver’s colleagues, accompanied by armed security guards, alerted the police and rushed to the driver’s aid but passed and recognised the robbers en route to the scene. The suspects recognised them too and opened fire. According to a BAT spokesperson the security guards returned fire. Wounded during the shoot-out, the suspect in the driver’s seat lost control of the vehicle and collided with an electricity pole at the side of the road, a few metres from the Gordon’s Bay/N2 intersection. Police arrived in time to apprehend the suspects, who were still on the scene. Due to the severity of their wounds, the suspects had to receive urgent medical attention under the police’s watch. One of the suspects was airlifted to Tygerberg Hospital while the other was transported to Helderberg Hospital. The suspect admitted to Helderberg Hospital was wounded in the One of the suspects receive medical assistance before being transported to hospital. shoulder but is in a stable condition. The condition of the other is still unknown. The BAT spokesperson said that, although their driver is unharmed, he is receiving trauma counselling. “We are thankful that the driver was not injured and that all the stock was returned.” It was later discovered that the dark green bakkie was recently reported stolen in Wynberg. The getaway vehicle crashed into an electricity pole off the N2, a few metres from the Gordon’s Bay/N2 intersection. PHOTOS: JAMEY THOMAS A case of armed robbery, attempted murder and possession of a stolen vehicle is being investigated. The suspects will appear in the Somerset West Magistrate’s Court as soon as they are discharged from hospital. Last week DistrictMail reported on a previous incident in which another BAT vehicle was targeted. Two suspects held the driver of the delivery vehicle, which stopped at a vendor stall alongside Sir Lowry’s Pass Road in Gordon’s Bay, at gunpoint. The suspects made off with R100 and the delivery vehicle. After being pursued by the police, the suspects were forced to stop the vehicle in Drommedaris Street and fled on foot into the residential area. A case of armed robbery and hijacking is being investigated and no suspects have been identified. (UA42EH5000) Purchase a Men’s Hush Puppies shoe and stand a chance of winning ! your purchase FREE There will be 2 Lucky draws which will take place on Friday 17th May and Saturday 18th May. COMMEND GIL CORSA GUS R995 R799 R995 R699 Available in Black Available in Black & Brown Available in Black & Brown 42” Full HD LED TV • 2 x HDMI & USB • 100HZ Clear Motion Rate Available in Black & Brown compare at R5 999 M a i n R o a d , S t r a n d • Te l : 0 2 1 8 5 3 1 0 7 0 • E - m a i l : i n f o @ f a n d c . c o . z a • W e b s i t e : w w w . f a n d c . c o . z a • F i n d u s o n our price R5 199 cash Green Leaf Designs | 2013.05.08

DistrictMail 16 May 2013

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