china palace robbery

Police at the crime scene – Photo The Daily Herald

PHILIPSBURG–An armed robbery took place at China Plaza Supermarket on the Pondfill near the junction with A.Th. Illidge Road around 7:35pm Sunday. About 20 minutes later the police arrested four men suspected of having been involved in the robbery.

Two young men had entered the shop, wearing black balaclavas and black clothing. Each of them pointed a handgun at the two cashiers before emptying the tills of the evening’s takings. One cashier and a frightened customer ran and hid in the back of the store.

The robbers appear to have waited for the security guard, who is always outside the shop, to have walked to the side of the shop to make a phone call. They parked a grey vehicle that had at least one other person inside in one of the supermarket’s parking spaces.

A staff member who was outside the store saw what happened and took note of the car’s registration. The description of the vehicle was passed to the police and circulated, and as a result, a patrol spotted the vehicle carrying four men matching the description on L.B. Scott Road. The occupants of the car were arrested and the vehicle was seized. The men were taken to the Philipsburg police station for questioning.

Meanwhile, uniformed officers and detectives at the store spoke to the traumatised staff and customers. Many local customers also came to the store, having been alerted by the blue lights, to check on the owners and staff, who are very popular in the area. – The Daily Herald