Watch: Police arrest Glenwood Village Mall robbers seen on video

Police swooped on suspects and recovered housebreaking implements allegedly used to smash their way into shops in the local mall.


Umbilo police have nabbed a gang of allged armed robbers and recovered housebreaking implements and sunglasses that were allegedly stolen from the optometrist in Glenwood Village Mall during a burglary last week.

SAPS spokesperson, Captain Nqobile Gwala, said that police had received information about a suspicious vehicle that had allegedly been involved in a robbery on the Berea yesterday. Police also recovered pairs of sunglasses that were allegedly stolen when the optometrist and local Tops bottle store were burgled in the mall on Friday.

A video of the robbery of the bottle store was shared on social media:

The police arrested three suspects aged between 20 and 28 when they stopped their vehicle and recovered the stolen goods and housebreaking implements.

Police recovered housebreaking implements, including a crowbar. Photograph: SAPS

“It is alleged that the suspects threatened a security guard and robbed him of a remote control at a business premises in Berea,” Gwala said.

Gwala said that officers with the Umbilo Task Team had spotted the vehicle with obscured registration plates travelling on Kerk Road in the Umbilo policing precinct. 

“The vehicle was intercepted and a search was conducted. Upon searching the vehicle, police found house breaking implements such as a bolt cutter, crow bars and other items. Police also seized the remote control that was taken from the business robbery in Berea,” Gwala said.

“Two pairs of sunglasses that were allegedly stolen from a business burglary at Glenwood Village Mall were also found in the suspect’s vehicle,” she said.

Burglars smashed their way into Tops bottle store and the optometrist in Glenwood Village Mall. Photograph: WhatsApp

“It is alleged that on 20 August 2021 at 6am the suspects broke into an optometrist surgery at the Glenwood Village Mall and stole a number of sunglasses. The same group of suspects then proceeded to another business premises in Mayville where they broke in and stole cigarettes,” Gwala said.

Gwala said police arrested the three men and charged them for being in possession of house breaking implements, burglary and robbery. 

“The suspects will also be profiled to check if they are linked to other robberies reported in Durban and surrounding areas,” Gwala said.

The suspects are expected to appear in the Durban Magistrates Court on Wednesday.