Port Elizabeth man out on bail for business robbery busted for housebreaking

APRIL 25, 2017
Port Elizabeth man out on bail for business robbery busted for housebreaking

A 33-year-old house robbery suspect was arrested just hours after allegedly breaking into a house in Central, Port Elizabeth, and robbing the complainant of his cell phone.

"It is alleged that on Monday, 24 April 2017 at about 05:00, two unknown men forced opened the security gate and entered a house in Central," said police spokesperson, Colonel Priscilla Naidu.

"The owner awoke suddenly and surprised the suspects. The armed suspects grabbed the complainant’s cell phone and ran off."

While conducting investigation in the vicinity, the investigating officer, D/W/O John Leppan of SAPS Humewood, noticed three males walking into a lodge in Western Road, Central.

"One of them fitted the description of one of the suspects," said Colonel Naidu.

"The men were questioned and searched. The complainant’s cell phone was found in the pocket of one of them. Suspect was arrested and detained for house robbery."

She said that the same suspect is currently out on bail for a business robbery, which took place in December 2013. 

He will appear in court on Wednesday.

The Station Commander of SAPS Humewood, Brig Leonie Bentley has applauded the good investigative work by the officer, which resulted in the immediate arrest of the suspect.