THREE panga wielding men were arrested minutes after robbing a shop on Monday.
The three entered a clothing store in Charlotte Maxeke Street in the Bloemfontein CBD, Free State and threatened one of the employees.
They then took two boxes containing Polo jeans as well as another box containing eight pairs of Nike takkies and Cavalli pants.
However, their joy was shortlived, as the Parkweg Crime Prevention Unit was not far from the store.
After receiving a complaint, the unit acted swiftly.
Police spokeswoman Constable Wendy Nkabi said three suspects were arrested and charged with business robbery and possession of dangerous weapons.
“The suspects were traced and arrested a few kilometres from the scene, at Buitesig location,” she added.
Nkabi said the stolen goods were recovered and returned to the owner.
She said the three suspects, aged between 18 and 29, will appear in the Bloemfontein Magistrates Court soon.