Grahamstown police release ID kits of armed robbery suspects

BY TAI CHISHAKWE - NOVEMBER 12, 2014

Grahamstown police have released two identikits of suspects involved in a payday robbery and shootout that took place in that town about two weeks ago.

Following the robbery at gun point of a local construction company paymaster in the city centre on 31 October, the suspects drove to Grahamstown’s Joza township where they were identified by a local security company before a shootout ensured between the robbers and the security company’s personnel.

No one was injured but the security company vehicle and homes in the area were left riddled with bullets as the robbers escaped.

Ever since, local police were looking for a white Merc which was used in the robbery. A breakthrough came when an off-duty policeman found the vehicle.

Grahamstown police spokesperson Captain Milanda Coetzer said in a media statement that around 2pm on Friday 7 November an off-duty police man living in Joza noticed the vehicle parked across the road from his home.

"Closer inspection revealed that the description matched that of the Mercedes used in a robbery in Grahamstown a week earlier," she said.

Coetzer said Detective Sergeant Nathan Gabriel was dispatched to Joza with fingerprint experts from the Grahamstown Local Criminal Record Centre.

"The vehicle was towed and an exhaustive search was made in and around the vehicle," she said.

After further investigation police received a description of two of the men, who remain at large. Coetzer said two identikits (which can be downloaded here and here) have been drawn, based on descriptions given by eye witnesses.

Coetzer asked Eastern Cape residents in particular to be on the lookout for the pair.

She asked members of the public to look at the identikits and make contact with Gabriel at 082 3019 071 should they recognise the identikit faces.

However, the police have warned that the men are in all probability are still armed and have warned members of the public to not to confront them.