Five Mt Frere suspects arrested just hours after robbery

MARCH 19, 2015

Swift reaction by Mount Frere police led to the arrest of five suspects and recovery of stolen property, within hours after the robbery, Eastern Cape police said on Friday.

Five suspects, aged between 17 and 26 were arrested and three firearms (two pistols and a 303 rifle), five cellphones, airtime, tobacco and undisclosed amount of money were recovered at Lutateni Administrative Area, Qhankqu locality, on Thursday morning.

"The arrest was made after a Pakistani owned shop was robbed by unknown men who pretended to be buying tobacco and airtime. While the shopkeeper was assisting them, the suspects pointed the owner with fireams and robbed him. The suspects fled the crime scene on foot," the police said in a statement.

"The members reacted swiftly and took statements from the complainant and immediately followed leads. Community members who were close by assisted the members with the description of the suspects. The leads yielded positive results, and all the suspects were arrested.

"The suspects will appear in the Mount Frere Magistrates Court tomorrow on charges of armed robbery and possession of unlicensed firearm."

Mount Frere Acting Cluster Commander, Colonel Nomazwi Nkombisa commended the police for the speedy response and the collaboration between the members of the public.

“Every community member is a crime fighter, and SAPS applauds the community members for working together with SAPS in the fight against crime,” said Colonel Nkombisa