Burglary suspects arrested in Despatch after crashing getaway vehicle during police chase

BY YOLANDA PALEZWENI - OCTOBER 28, 2016

Police in Despatch on Thursday arrested three suspected burglars, aged between 23 and 25 years-old, after crashing their getaway car into a perimeter wall of a house in Holland Street, Despatch.

According to the police, the incident occurred at about 11:00, after a police vehicle was dispatched to a complaint of a housebreaking in progress at Freesia Street, Azalia Park, in Despatch.

A full description of suspects and their vehicle, a white Hyundai, was given to police.  

“Few minutes later the police spotted the vehicle in the Main Street of Despatch, and gave chase.

“During the high-speed chase, a driver seemed to have lost control of the vehicle and it collided with a perimeter wall of a house in Hollard Street, Despatch,” described police spokesperson, Sergeant Majola Nkohli.

He added that four men, who were inside the vehicle abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot. Three were later arrested after a search and one still at large.

“The three suspects were found running away from the scene and were arrested and a plasma television set stolen from the house was found inside the vehicle,” said Sergeant Nkohli.

However, their getaway vehicle was found to be from a local rental company. It was impounded for further investigation.

“The modus is very similar to other crimes across the Nelson Mandela Metro and for this reason; detectives are trying to establish if the suspects could not be linked to a larger group operating in the Bay,” said Sergeant Nkohli

The suspects, all from Port Elizabeth, are expected to appear in the Uitenhage Magistrate’s Court on Monday, for possession of stolen property, housebreaking and theft. 

Despatch Acting Station Commander, Captain Flippie De Jager said: “A police prompt response was crucial and I congratulate the members for such swift action.  These efforts will ensure that we eliminate crime in line with the police strategy of Back To Basics and #CrimeMustFall.”