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Business robbery suspect speedily arrested: Ikamvelihle
2021/07/31

Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Eastern Cape

GQEBERHA – A 24-year-old alleged business robbery suspect was arrested within the hour by members at SAPS Ikamvelihle during the early hours of Friday morning, 30 July 2021.

It is alleged that at about 01:00, a shop owner (35) was asleep inside his business premises in Mbabala Street, NU1, Ikamvelihle when he heard a loud noise at the entrance of his shop.  When he went to investigate, he noticed that four unknown males were busy making a hole in the wall in an attempt to enter the shop.  One suspect pointed a firearm at the shop owner and demanded cash from him while another suspect was busy using a crowbar to break the wall.  The shop owner threw the cash through the hole. When they demanded for more cash, he grabbed the crowbar and scared off the suspects from his premises. 

SAPS Ikamvelihle members immediately responded to the complaint and after obtaining a description of the suspects, they patrolled the area in search of them.  Within minutes the suspects were seen running in Mbabala Street. One suspect was arrested and positively linked to the business robbery. 

The 24-year-old male is due to appear in the Motherwell Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 02 August 2021 on a charge of business robbery.  Investigations are continuing and more arrests are expected soon.  

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