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Swift police action led to an arrest of robbers


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

MTHATHA - Quick response by members attached to District Task Team led to an arrest of three suspects aged between 34 and 52  years in Mthatha for armed robbery in a business place and possession of suspected stolen property

In the early hours on Friday, 19 January 2024 it is alleged that five unknown males entered into a business place and forced the security guard at gunpoint to close the shop's door. They then took the generator and loaded it in a gateway vehicle that was parked outside.

The arrest follows after police members were alerted about a complaint of armed robbery and they patrolled the CBD in a lookout for the described vehicle. On Eagle Street they spotted the vehicle with only one occupant whom on investigation took them to a house in Ntilini locality, Sibangweni A/A where the generator was hidden.

Thorough investigation guided police to a house where they arrested other suspects who were involved in the robbery. The other two suspects are still at large and Police are still tracing them. The vehicle (Nissan X-Trail) that was used in commission of crime was confiscated by police

The trio is due to appear Mthatha Magistrate court on Monday, 22 January 2024.


Captain Welile Matyolo
079 890 0742