Third Rink Street business robbery in September ends in fatality

OCTOBER 1, 2015

A third business robbery along Rink Street in Central, Port Elizabeth, in the month of September has ended in the death of one armed robber while his accomplices are now in custody. 

According to Port Elizabeth police, three armed suspects robbed the Spar Tops liquor store, which is along Rink Street at around 7pm on Wednesday evening and fled.

"Quick reaction from Humewood SAPS CPU saw members arrive at the scene whilst the armed robbers were still inside the shop," reported Richmond Hill, Central, South End and Summerstrand Crime Prevention, through their Facebook page.

"The second backup vehicle arrived as the robbers were leaving the store and a car chase ensued between the robbers and SAPS down Albany road into Swartkops street where they were apprehended in a cul de sac in Old Grahamstown road.

"Three arrests were made whilst one robber was found dead in the vehicle."

The arrested are expected in court on Friday.

It was not immediately clear if it was the same gang that robbed another business in the street about two weeks ago.

On 13 September, local security company, Atlas Security, reported that three armed robbers entered a Rink Street business. They held the cashier at gunpoint and made away with cash and cigarettes. 

A week before, on 7 September, Atlas also reported that two armed robbers had "entered a Rink treet business. The robbers held the cashier at gunpoint and stole cash".

This is not the first time that the Spar supermarket and its liquor store have been robbed.

Uncofirmed reports, early this year, indicated that robbers had also targeted the Tops liquor store.

In October last year, five suspects staged a business robbery at the same bottle store and demanded cash and liquor before fleeing in two vehicles.

In August, four armed men made off with an undisclosed amount of money after robbing the Spar supermarket's safe and holding people in the store at gunpoint.