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Alleged pickpockets busted at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium music festival

Dec 31, 2019
Alleged pickpockets busted at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium music festival

Port Elizabeth - Police in Port Elizabeth arrested five suspects, between the ages of 22-29 years, for possession of 21 cellphones suspected to have been pickpocketed from spectators at a music festival that was held at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Sunday night.

According to police information, the music concert was held at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium from 21:00 on Sunday until the early hours of Monday morning.

"At about 02:00 on Monday morning, with the assistance of some of the festival goers, police arrested five suspects in the stadium with a total possession of 21 cellphones (mainly Samsung, Huawei and an iPhone)," said police spokesperson, Col Priscilla Naidu.

"It is suspected that there were three separate groups of criminals operating near the ablution facilities.

"Two of the suspects are from Pretoria while the others are from the Port Elizabeth area."

Col Naidu said that two of the cellphones have since been claimed by their owners while ownership of 18 cellphones still need to be determined.

"The arrested suspects are detained on a charge of possession of suspected stolen property and are expected to appear in court soon."

Detectives at SAPS Mount Road are appealing to anyone, who may have lost their cellphone at the concert to urgently contact D/W/O ‘HP' Ferreira on 082 442 8281 or SAPS Mount Road on 041 394 6316.

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