Three men were allegedly caught in the act while burgling a house in an upmarket Cape Town suburb this weekend when police officers closed in on them.
Police said they received information about a possible robbery in Tokai on Sunday and activated a Tactical Response Team attached to Operation Thunder.
The operation, launched by Police Minister Bheki Cele last year, was aimed at stabilising gangsterism and other serious crime in the Western Cape by bringing in between 270 and 300 police officers from specialised units in other provinces.
Usually a quiet suburb with its greenery and high walls, residents may have been surprised by the sight of a TRT police van on a street corner and a group of police officers in the road on Sunday afternoon.
Officers armed with rifles and wearing bulletproof vests, and black helmets - with only their eyes showing through a face covering - were seen crouching in a driveway behind a car.
Western Cape police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk said three robbers entered the home at around 15:30.
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