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News: Within two hours of armed robbery 5 suspects arrested and firearms recovered


Media Statement from Eastern Cape Media Centre
Corporate Communication

South African Police Service

King Williams Town: A well-coordinated teamwork between various units and services between Port Alfred and Port Elizabeth led to the arrest of five suspects this morning.

At approximately 09:13 this morning 2 males walked into a chain store at a mall in Port Alfred. They approached the two female assistants for help with perfumes. They allegedly informed the assistants that they had come to rob the store. They were joined by two more suspects and requested that the assistants put the perfumes in the bags that they brought with.  They then started removing the perfumes and left the shop.  A security officer from the mall who was on his rounds came to the door as the suspect was leaving with his bag packed with perfumes. 

A manager from a local food store attempted to chase the suspects but was threatened with a firearm.  The suspects fled in a grey coloured vehicle.

The information was circulated and all emergency service from Port Alfred and neighbouring clusters including Port Elizabeth were alerted as the vehicle travelled towards Port Elizabeth.

Flying squad from Port Elizabeth sighted a vehicle that matched the description of the suspect vehicle at Coega. They pursued the vehicle which turned towards Motherwell and managed to stop it at the Truckers Inn. A high speed chase ensued and members of the Port Elizabeth Flying Squad who managed to stop the vehicle at the Truckers Inn. Five suspects aged between 20 and 32 were arrested as well as two firearms were seized. The stolen goods estimated at R80 000 were recovered and will be returned to the rightful owner.  A case of business robbery is under investigation.

Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lt Gen Liziwe Ntshinga was elated with this outcome. “This good team work and optimum utilisation of resources ensured that we stop criminals on their tracks. Your actions restored the trust and hope in our daily commitment to eliminating crime in this province,” she said

Media Enquiries: Captain Mali Govender  0827797123


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