East London police arrest two after shoot-out with cigarette van robbers

NOVEMBER 10, 2015

East London K9 arrested two suspects, aged  30 and 32, on Tuesday morning, at about 10:30am, following the robbery of a tobacco  transporting vehicle at Cambridge, East London. 

According to Eastern Cape police, Warrant Officer Pieter Swanepoel and  Constable Fredericks  followed leads, gave chase and arrested the suspects at Scenery Park, where a shootout between the police and the suspects ensued.

"Tobacco boxes valued at about R250 000 were recovered and two vehicles, a bakkie and a Polo Vivo were also seized.

"The two suspects will appear in the East London Magistrate Court on Thursday on a charge of armed robbery," the police said.

They are still looking for two other suspects.

Mdantsane Cluster Commander Major General Andre Swart commended the members and said this is a huge breakthrough  for the police  and will send a  message to criminals that they will be arrested.