Five busted in Port Elizabeth with R180 000 worth of cigarettes from robbery

APRIL 17, 2015

Five suspects, between the ages of 25 and 42, were arrested during a robbery and cigarette boxes valued R180 000 were recovered including two vehicles and a British American Tobacco (BAT) delivery truck in Rocklands Road , Uitenhage, on Thursday after police pounced on them.

Port Elizabeth police radio control received a complaint of a robbery in progress of a BAT delivery truck on N2 near Thornhill, and a police chopper and members from Port Elizabeth K-9 Unit were dispatched to the scene. 

It is alleged that suspects with firearms who were at the back of a white Toyota bakkie, pointed the firearms at a driver of a BAT delivery truck and forced him to stop.  Several cigarettes boxes were taken from the BAT truck and loaded into a Toyota bakkie and a white Ford Ikon and afterwards, five suspects fled in the two vehicles. 

Through the help of helicopter surveillance, the two vehicles were spotted in Rocklands Road, near Uitenhage and K-9 Unit, responded immediately.  Other members from Kwazakhele Task Team and Kabega Park assisted and the two vehicles were cornered in Rocklands Road.

Five suspects were arrested, and cigarettes with estimated value of R180 000 were seized.  The Toyota bakkie belonged to one of the suspects, and a Ford Ikon was a hired vehicle. Most cigarette boxes were thrown out of the moving vehicles by suspects in nearby bush and it is believed that the firearms used were also thrown away.  No shots were fired and no person was injured during the incident. 

The police are investigating a case of robbery and possession of stolen property, and additional charges are possible. The suspects will appear at Uitenhage Magistrate Court on Monday, 20 April.  The police dogs and forensic team were busy at the scene investigating as it is believed that two more suspects are still at large.

 Humansdorp Cluster Commander, Brigadier Neil Jantjies congratulated the members for their actions. “If our members work as a team, we will get more successes and win the fight against crime in our Cluster,” he said.