Suspects arrested for robbing PE homeowner of goods worth R500 000

SEPTEMBER 26, 2016

Three suspects are expected to appear in court on Monday after they were arrested in the early hours of Friday morning by SAPS Mount Road detectives for alleged housebreaking after goods and three vehicles worth R500 000 were stolen.

"It is alleged that during the period of July to September 2016, the complainant was overseas when his house was broken into in Newton Park," said Port Elizabeth police.

"Upon his return last week, he discovered that most of his household content including his antique furniture had been stolen. Three vehicles (a VW Golf, an Opel Kadette and a Opel Monza) were also stolen. The estimated value of all the household content and the vehicles are about R500 000."

On Thursday, police received information about the whereabouts of possible suspects.

"The information was speedily followed up and a 21-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man were arrested in Kamma Park while a third suspect (29) was arrested in Sidwell," police said.

"Since the theft, the two vehicles (an Opel Monza and a Opel Kadett) were already stripped of its parts and sold for scrap metal.

"The VW Golf is still missing."

The police added that they have and are still recovering some of the stolen items however the antique furniture is yet to be recovered.

"Police are appealing to second hand dealerships to contact them if they have bought any antique furniture in the last three months.

"Information may be communicated to Detective Lieutenant Colonel Alvira Van Staden at SAPS Mount Road on 082 319 8424. All information supplied will be treated as confidential. Buying or dealing in stolen property is an offence and those found to be in possession of stolen property will be charged and prosecuted."