Social media help to identify Pick n Pay assailants

One of the men captured on CCTV footage. Photograph: Intelligence Bureau SA

THREE men were arrested only hours after assaulting Pick ‘n Pay Brentwood Park security guards and firing gunshots inside the centre on December 29.

According to Benoni SAPS, the men were stopped by security when trying to leave the Pick n Pay store just after closing time.

In CCTV footage, one of the men can be seen punching one of the security guards to the ground and firing a gunshot into the air.

Benoni SAPS said it was only a matter of hours after the incident that the men were arrested.

Guns and various narcotics, including dagga, were found and seized by the Benoni Task Team.

DA councillor Pieter Henning congratulated the police and all people involved in the arrest of the culprits.

He said the episode started when two men tried to gain entry to the supermarket after the store had closed at 7pm.

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After an altercation with the men, the store security personnel allowed them into the store. They paid for their purchases but on their way out, started another argument with the shop security, which resulted in a fight breaking out. One of the men then drew a firearm before leaving the shopping centre.

“It is believed that they removed the number plates from their vehicle at that point,” Henning said.

A case of assault and pointing a firearm was opened at Kempton Park Police Station. The shopping centre management reported the incident to its own internal security which, through their own investigations and police assistance, identified a resident of Auret Road in Brentwood Park. “The premises was searched and turned up firearms and a large amount of drugs,” Henning said.

“Three people were arrested on the scene. Apart from the police, members of the shopping centre security, the local CPF and CMS were on the scene. It is believed that other cases against those arrested will be investigated. The DA believes there is a possibility that the Hawks will be requested to investigate certain aspects as well,” said Henning.

“The use of social media certainly assisted in identifying the culprits and their whereabouts. The upside is that the incident demonstrates that crime can be combated effectively when all citizens and security services join forces in a spirit of co-operation.”


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