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DETECTIVE TRIO TASK TEAM ARREST ALLEGED ROBBERY SUSPECTS: GQEBERHA
2021/07/26      |  Written By:  Colonel P Naidu   |   Province:  Eastern Cape

Gqeberha 24 July 2021: Nelson Mandela Bay District Detective Trio Task team members performing special  operations arrested four alleged armed robbery suspects about 90 minutes after a shop owner was robbed while offloading groceries from his bakkie yesterday afternoon, 23/07 in Motherwell.

It is alleged that at about 12:00, the complainant(38) was offloading the groceries for his shop  in Mgwangqa Street in NU6 in Motherwell when a silver Opel Corsa bakkie with no registration plates stopped next to him.  Four unknown males  got out and pointed him with firearms. He was instructed to load the groceries into their bakkie.   The suspects drove with the stolen groceries.  The estimated value is about  R8000.

At about 13:15, while the detectives members were patrolling in Dano Street in Izinyoka area, they spotted the Corsa bakkie fitting the description as given by the complainant. Four males were busy offloading groceries from an Opel Corsa hatchback. The vehicle had no registration plates. The groceries were taken inside  the house. When the suspects saw the police detectives in uniform, they started to run away. 

They were chased on foot and four suspects were apprehended. The other two suspects managed to flee.  Gqeberha K9 members and SAPS Kwadwesi members also assisted the detectives in searching for the outstanding  suspects as well as firearms.  

Most of the stolen items (boxes of chicken, polony and chips) were recovered. Both vehicles were also seized for further investigation. The stolen items were handed back to the complainant.

The suspects aged between 28-34 years old were detained on a charge of possession of suspected stolen property. Additional charges may be added as the investigation unfolds. They are expected to appear in the New Brighton magistrate court on Monday, 26 July 2021.  Further arrests are expected.

In another unrelated incident, another shop owner (42) was held at gunpoint and robbed at his shop in Townsend Avenue in Westering yesterday afternoon, 23/07. It is alleged that three unknown men entered and threatened him with a firearm.  Cash and cartons of cigarettes with an estimated value of R30 000 were taken. Police are investigating a case of armed robbery.

NMB District Detective Commander, Brig Luntu Ngubelanga commended his team for the speedy arrests and recoveries. ‘ The detective members were performing special operations on the prevention of lootings in the metro with special focus on business robberies at malls and spaza shops in the hotspot areas. We are urging the community to refrain from buying stolen property. If found buying stolen property, you will be arrested and charged. 

We are also appealing to the communities to report any suspicious activity in your neighbourhood. Business owners are advised to install CCTV cameras in their shops as well as outside. In so doing, you can monitor any suspicious vehicles or persons that are parked outside and alert the necessary authorities.

It has been noticed that entrances to many shops are obscured from the view from inside and shop owners are taken by surprise by armed robbers. This CCTV footage also assist police in identifying suspects and linking them to other crimes,’ stated Brig Ngubelanga.