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Cops catch jewellery store crooks

A criminal gang robbed a jewellery store in Paarl, Western Cape – but not before locking the staff away.

Western Cape SAPS spokesperson Warrant Officer Joseph Swartbooi said four suspects were arrested by police and security company personnel in the town’s central business district moments after they robbed it of an undisclosed amount of jewellery and cellphones.

“On Tuesday, the armed suspects entered the premises, threatened the staff, and locked them in a room. The suspects fled the scene with a consignment of jewellery and valuables,” said Swartbooi.

Security company personnel arrested one of the suspects in Van Der Lingen Street, and some stolen items were recovered.

“Three other suspects were pursued by members of Paarl SAPS and were arrested in Paarl East when they were found in possession of an undisclosed amount of jewellery,” said Swartbooi.

Once charged, the suspects are expected to appear in the Paarl Magistrate’s Court on a charge of robbery.

Mandla Zinya, a 39-year-old man from Paarl, said the police’s good work is undermined by residents who buy stolen goods.

“SAPS will arrest the suspects, but what about those buying from them?” he asked.

“Sometimes suspects sell the stolen goods to residents, and we complain about crime, not even noticing that we are making the police’s job difficult.”

Zinya believes that the only way to curb crime is for the police to start arresting buyers of stolen goods.

Another resident, speaking anonymously, said criminals won’t see a need to rob businesses if they don’t have buyers.

“We can work with SAPS by reporting people selling stolen goods because we know them; they stay with us,” said the resident.

Pictured above: Four suspects will appear in the Paarl Magistrate’s Court after allegedly robbing a jewellery shop.

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