Cape Town – The Engen garage in Halt Road was ambushed on Sunday evening when armed robbers stormed the premises just before 10pm.
It’s believed they emptied the safe and tills before fleeing in two vehicles with an undisclosed amount of money.
But members from the police’s Stabilisation Unit (SU) were quick to react.
Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel André Traut says they acted on information received and searched the surrounding areas.
About 20 minutes later, they spotted three suspects in a Toyota Avanza in Vanguard Drive, Langa, and pulled them over.
Cops found the suspects in possession of a Daisy air rifle, a 9mm short Norinco pistol and eight rounds of ammunition.
Traut says further investigation led members to Browns Farm in Philippi East, where they spotted the second getaway vehicle, an Audi.
Cops arrested four more suspects and confiscated another 9mm short Norinco pistol and three rounds of ammunition.
“The seven suspects, aged between 24 to 44, are being detained and are due to appear in Goodwood Magistrates’ Court once they have been charged,” Traut said.
Deputy chairperson for the Elsies River Community Policing Forum, Imraahn Mukaddam, praised the police on their swift response.
“We want to commend all officers in the operation for their swift response in apprehending the suspects. That they could get seven suspects and remove firearms from the streets is commendable.
“Sometimes the community tends to focus on police’s poor [performance], but don’t appreciate what they do, as police work under very strenuous circumstances.
“We would like to say thank you and show our appreciation for a job well done,” Mukaddam said.
The garage owners did not want to comment on Monday.