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Five armed men swiftly arrested after robbing shop of perfumes worth R80 000

May 16, 2018
Five armed men swiftly arrested after robbing shop of perfumes worth R80 000

A well-coordinated operation between various police units in Port Alfred and Port Elizabeth led to the arrest of five suspects on Wednesday morning.

"At approximately 09:13, this morning, two males walked into a chain store at a mall in Port Alfred," described police spokesperson, Captain Mali Govender.

"They approached the two female assistants for help with perfumes. They allegedly informed the assistants that they had come to rob the store.

"They were joined by two more suspects and requested that the assistants put the perfumes in the bags that they brought with."

She said that they then started removing the perfumes and left the shop.

"A security officer from the mall, who was on his rounds, came to the door as the suspect was leaving with his bag packed with perfumes," Capt Govender said.

"A manager from a local food store attempted to chase the suspects, but was threatened with a firearm. The suspects fled in a grey coloured vehicle."

The information was circulated and all emergency service from Port Alfred and neighbouring clusters, including Port Elizabeth, were alerted as the vehicle travelled towards Port Elizabeth.

"Flying squad members from Port Elizabeth sighted the a vehicle that matched the description of the suspect vehicle at Coega.

"They pursued the vehicle, which turned towards Motherwell," she added.

"A high speed chase ensued and members of the Port Elizabeth Flying Squad, managed to stop the vehicle at the Truckers Inn."

Five suspects, aged between 20 and 32 years, were arrested and two firearms were seized.

"The stolen goods estimated at R80 000 were recovered and will be returned to the rightful owner. A case of business robbery is under investigation."

Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lt Gen Liziwe Ntshinga, was elated with this outcome.

“This good team work and optimum utilisation of resources ensured that we stop criminals on their tracks. Your actions restored the trust and hope in our daily commitment to eliminating crime in this province,” she said.

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