- A total of 14 people have been arrested for robbery in Cape Town
- They targeted and broke into businesses that are closed for the national lockdown
- The South African Banking Risk Information Centre also reported an increase in opportunistic criminal activity on the internet
Fourteen opportunistic criminals who tried to take advantage of businesses that are closed for the 21-day national lockdown have ended behind bars.
They were arrested for robbery in Cape Town after they targeted and broke into several businesses in the city centre.
The South African reports that Bob's Bar, Harringtons, Revelas Fisheries and Liny's Baby Shop were all targeted at the weekend.
Most of the suspects were apprehended while inside the businesses.
Mo Hendricks, Cape Town Central City Improvement District (CCID) safety and security manager, said the robberies were sporadic and opportunistic.
He said the robberies occurred in various precincts throughout the CBD, reported The South African.
"We will not tolerate criminal activity in the CBD during the lockdown while our nation is trying to combat the coronavirus crisis. Criminals need to know that they will be caught and brought to book: we have 300 public safety officers working shifts 24/7, and they have been briefed and know what to look out for."
The South African Banking Risk Information Centre also reported an increase in opportunistic criminal activity on the internet and mobile channels.
Briefly.co.za previously reported that numerous citizens had encountered the long arm of the law when the 21-day coronavirus lockdown kicked off in Mzansi.
Several citizens were arrested for disregarding the regulations that govern movement during this period.
Citizens are only permitted to leave their homes for essential purposes with no store permitted to sell alcohol or cigarettes during this time.
Those who fail to comply with the regulations will be found guilty of a criminal offence and can face a fine or jail sentence of up to six months.
All restaurants, taverns and clubs will be closed during this time.
The lockdown began on the early hours of 27 March and will end on 16 April.
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