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Some items stolen during Baywest Mall robbery found at Kwamagxaki stash house

By Afikile Lugunya - Sep 19, 2017
Some items stolen during Baywest Mall robbery found at Kwamagxaki stash house

Police in Port Elizabeth are working to bring four men, who robbed a shop at the Baywest Mall on Sunday morning to book after they recovered some of the items stolen during the robbery at Ralo Street, in Kwamagxaki.

The items were found when police also recovered goods stolen from a hijacked Big Bucks Furniture truck.

Police spokesperson, Captain Andre Beetge, described how the hijacking took place.

“Two armed males demanded the truck, loaded with a bedroom suite, from the driver at gun point,” he said.

According to Capt Beetge, the truck was later found abandoned in Mbulelo Street, in Zwide, Port Elizabeth, in the afternoon without the furniture inside.

“The furniture was already offloaded, and fast thinking members of SAPS K9 Unit traced the tracker of the truck indicating a stop at Maya Mini Market in Maya Street, Zwide, less than 300 metres from where the truck was found abandoned.”

“The members searched the premises at 12:30 and recovered the bedroom suite, valued at about R15 000 in a house on the premises.

“Police also found new clothing items in one of the rooms, which are strongly suspected to be some of the items robbed at Baywest Mall.

Capt Beetge said that a firearm was also confiscated after being found hidden inside an electricity utility box of the house. Other electric equipment such as Hi-Fi, TV, and DVD players were also confiscated as suspected stolen property.

No one was arrested as the house with the alleged stolen goods was found empty.

Police are keen to interview the owner of the house, which they suspect is used as a hiding place for stolen goods, Beetge said.

Big Bucks Furniture expressed gratitude to SAPS for the swift recovery of their truck and goods.


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