Five suspects incl woman arrested for armed robbery at two garages

JUNE 13, 2016

The King Williams Town Flying Squad early on Monday morning arrested four male suspects, aged between 30 and 31 years, and a female suspect (21) on the R63, the road between King Williams Town and Kei Road, for armed robbery at two petrol stations.

"The arrest comes after police followed the vehicle that allegedly robbed the garage at Buffalo Road King Williams Town. It is alleged that the vehicle, with five occupants, stopped at the garage and later claimed that they gave the petrol attendant sum of two hundred rand.

"The fight ensued and they assaulted the petrol attendant and robbed them of their cellphones, tobacco and undisclosed amount of cash. They fled the scene and the petrol attendant was injured and taken to hospital," said police spokesperson, Captain Siphokazi Mawisa .

"Police received information about a robbery happening at a garage at Stutterheim where five suspects entered and demanded cash. They robbed the employees of their cellphones, cash and tobacco and fled the scene.

"The police split into two groups and followed the vehicle on Stutterheim Road and R63 (Bhisho Road)."

According to Capt Mawisa, police spotted the vehicle on the R63 the road between Bhisho and Kei Road and gave chase.

"They instructed the driver to stop and they searched the vehicle. Police recovered a 9MM CZ pistol with thirteen ammunition, cash, cellphones and tobacco. The firearm belongs to one of the suspects. All five suspects from East London and Border Post were arrested and charged with Business Robbery. Vehicle is not reported stolen but was confiscated by Police," she said. 

The suspects will appear at King Williams Town Magistrate Court on Tuesday for Business Robbery.  

King Williams Town Cluster Commander, Brigadier Henry Vos thanked the members for following up the information, which led to the arrest of the suspects.

“This shows the dedication from SAPS members as they immediately followed the vehicle and firearm and ammunition was recovered,” he added.

He also encouraged the community members to keep on  reporting the criminals and/or criminal activities to the police on Crime Stop 08600 10111, Crime Line 32211 or the nearest police station.