Two alleged Bethelsdorp business robbers busted, two still at large


Port Elizabeth police swiftly arrested two suspects, aged 19 and 24 years-old, on Tuesday, two hours after they allegedly committed a business robbery at knife-point in Bethelsdorp, Port Elizabeth.

It is alleged that on Tuesday, at about 14:45, the owner of a tuck shop at Salsoniville, Bethelsdorp, reported that he had been robbed by two males and two females.

According to the police, the two females entered the shop and befriended the shop owner. They then went behind the counter where he gave them food.

“[That was when] two males also entered through the open security gate and threatened the owner with a knife. They took two cartons of cigarettes, a cell phone and R500 cash and fled,” said police spokesperson, Colonel Priscilla Naidu.

She added that, two hours after the robbery, police received information about the possible whereabouts of the suspects and arrested the two male suspects at a house in Jacksonville, while the two female suspects are still at large.

Police would like to appeal to anyone who has information that could lead to the arrest of the two women to come forward.

Police recovered the stolen goods and the suspects are expected to appear in court on Thursday.