Four men have been arrested, after a shootout with police, for allegedly breaking into a bottle store in Mayville on Tuesday.
Police at the scene said approximately 15 men arrived in three cars and a bakkie and forced open the gate to Ultra Liquors Tollgate store along King Cethswayo (Jan Smuts) Highway just after 6 am.
Police said a member of the public, who saw the break-in occur, ran to the Mayville Police station to alert the cops.
The police station is a kilometre away.
Residents living in a block of flats nearby said that when police arrived at the scene they heard several bangs.
The burglars were still loading some of the crates of liquor into the cars and bakkie.
It is alleged that police and the burglars had exchanged gunfire.
Some of the burglars managed to flee in their vehicles.
Officers from the Mayville police station,, Warrant Officer Daniels, Captain Sithole and Detective Warrant Officer John Ngema arrested four men at the scene and recovered some of the stolen liquor.
Mayville police are investigating further.