Media Statement from Eastern Cape Media Centre
South African Police Service
Uitenhage Cluster: In a concerted effort, by the police in the Nelson Mandela Bay, to address and deal effectively with serious and violent crimes affecting our communities especially addressing business robberies, effective and efficient deployment of resources yielded positive results.
Members from the Port Elizabeth Flying Squad acted promptly and apprehended four suspected robbers today, Wednesday, 17 January 2018 for the robbery at a bakery yesterday in Despatch. Members apprehended the foursome, between 23 and 39-years-old, at their respective homes in and around the Bethelsdorp area. During the operations, two Firearms were confiscated. (A 38 special revolver and a replica gun).
An additional charge of illegal possession of a firearm was added to the charge sheet of the 23-year-old male suspect. Police confiscated the vehicle, a Nissan bakkie, allegedly used in the commission of the robbery. Police also recovered the safe, with some cash, cellphones and some boxes containing cigarettes.
The four male suspects are due to appear in the Uitenhage Magistrate's court on a charge of business robbery on Friday, 19 January 2018. The Uitenhage Cluster Commander, Brigadier Ronald Koll commended the police officials for the speedily arrest of the suspects.
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