An overturned VW Golf that careered off the road and into bushes near Scottburgh turned out to be a getaway vehicle a group of alleged robbers.

Port Shepstone police had attended to a report of a business burglary at a shopping centre in Shelley Beach on Wednesday morning said police spokeswoman Captain Nqobile Gwala.

It is alleged that a group of men entered the shopping centre from the roof parking area and broke into one of the shops. They used a hammer to break the shop glass door.

Gwala said police are investigating what exactly was taken from the store which sold phones and modems. Guards at the centre raised the alarm after hearing the noises and the men fled in tow cars.

“Police responded to a lookout call for a suspicious vehicle which was driving at a high speed on the N2 freeway in a northerly direction. When police arrived at the Dududu off ramp, they found a white VW Golf had overturned. The occupants of the car fled. An AK 47 rifle, a police radio, gloves, balaclavas and house break-in implements were found in the vehicle,” Gwala said.

The car had on a set of false number plates.

A case burglary at business premises was opened at Port Shepstone for investigation.