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20-year-old in court after brazen Port Elizabeth armed robbery

Jun 27, 2019
20-year-old in court after brazen Port Elizabeth armed robbery

Port Elizabeth - Excellent team work by Port Elizabeth police officers, who were keeping an attentive eye out for two stolen vehicles, resulted in their speedy recovery and an arrest of a robbery suspect.

"It is alleged that on Tuesday, at 11:45, approximately six males entered the premises of a valet company in Newton Park and held the staff at gunpoint," described police spokesperson, Col Priscilla Naidu.

"The staff was shoved in a back office. Two vehicles were taken, a Ford Ranger and a Toyota Etios.

"These vehicles belong to customers. Keys to other vehicles were also taken."

She said that at about 17:00, members from Ikamvelihle station spotted the Toyota Etios parked in a yard in Bikana Street in Motherwell and the Ford Ranger was recovered by SAPS Motherwell members in Xhama Street.

"It is further alleged that the suspect, who is known to people at the house in Bikana Street, requested permission to leave the vehicle there and that he would fetch it in a few hours’ time."

Mount Road Trio Task Team detectives followed up on the whereabouts of the suspect and with the assistance of a member from SAPS Motherwell, the suspect aged 20 years was arrested late on Tuesday night.

He is detained on a charge of business robbery and will appear in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

Col Naidu said that Detectives are still hunting for the outstanding suspects.

Mount Road Cluster Commander, Maj Gen Thembisile Patekile, praised the members from the Motherwell cluster and applauded them for alertness.

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