Swift police action leads to arrests after armed robbery near Hankey

JULY 9, 2015

Swift police action led to the arrest of two suspects, aged 23 and 33 years, in Hankey moments after they committed an armed robbery, Eastern Cape police said on Thursday.

The robbery incident took place on the R331 between Hankey and Humansdorp on Wednesday at about 11am.

"Two suspects with firearms accosted two men who had stopped on the roadside for refreshments. The men were tied with cable wires, and their valuables taken.  The two suspects fled in a blue Toyota Yaris," the police said in a statement.

"Swift police action from Humansdorp and Thornhill led to the arrest of the two suspects in a blue Toyota Yaris on N2 near Thornhill in possession of the stolen items.

"K9 dogs recovered two firearms hidden in between an engine and a dashboard of the vehicle."

The suspects are due to appear in Hankey Magistrate's Court on Friday on charges of robbery and possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition.