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Five men were arrested for allegedly robbing a shop in Ladysmith, northern KwaZulu-Natal.
The five suspects allegedly entered a shop brandishing firearms and demanded that employees hand over cash to them.
Police spokesman Captain Charmaine Struwig said the suspects fled soon after taking cash, jewellery and cellphones.
Struwig said police managed to trace the vehicle that was used in the robbery within an hour.
The car was found parked at a house in Adam Tas Road.
Struwig said two men tried to escape but were apprehended.
Police then swooped on the house and apprehended three other suspects.
They also confiscated the vehicle used in the robbery.
A large amount of stolen cash and two cellphones were recovered, Struwig said.
The suspects are expected to appear in the Ladysmith magistrate's court this week.
There has been an outcry recently by the community about increased incidents of robbery.
A local resident, Themba Jaca, said criminals walk freely in town and people are robbed on a daily basis.
"We are all victims of crime in this area.
"There are syndicates that operate in town. Criminals are now targeting small towns," he said.