Yesterday afternoon (October 9), a 72-year-old Bergville businessman and other family members were at home when they were accosted by a group of men posing as police and SARS officials.
They were tied up while the suspects stole an undisclosed amount of cash from the safe, as well as two handguns.
Police officers from the Pietermaritzburg Flying Squad and K9 Unit made a breakthrough when they arrested four suspects who were allegedly involved in the armed robbery in Bergville.
This after a description of the two vehicles used by the suspects was circulated to all police vehicles in the vicinity and possible escape routes from the crime scene.
While police officers were patrolling along the N3 freeway outside Pietermaritzburg, they spotted the two vehicles.
A high-speed chase ensued and one vehicle with three occupants was stopped along the N3. The vehicle was searched and a large amount of cash, blue lights, bullet proof vests, police uniform, an unlicensed 9mm pistol and other exhibits were seized.
The three suspects were immediately arrested.
The second vehicle was stopped along the Camperdown turn-off and one suspect was arrested.
All four arrested men, aged between 28 and 36, were charged with armed robbery, possession of property suspected to be stolen, and possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.
Investigations are ongoing and more arrests are imminent.