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Couple assaulted and robbed at gunpoint by gang at local game farm

Aug 24, 2018
Couple assaulted and robbed at gunpoint by gang at local game farm

Police are investigating after a couple, aged 45 and 35 years, were assaulted during an armed robbery at a prominent game farm in the Kinkelbos area, outside Port Elizabeth, on Thursday night.

"The 45-year-old manager was overpowered outside his house by five suspects. Three of them were armed with firearms, including a hunting rifle," described police spokesperson, Captain Andre Beetge.

"He was taken into the house where he was assaulted by the suspects, who demanded the safe keys and money.

"The safe was opened and an undisclosed amount of money taken."

Capt Beetge said that the suspects also took personal belongings and the two cellphones of the couple.

"The couple was then tied up to chairs and the suspects fled the scene.

"The couple managed to untie themselves a short while later and called the police," he added.

Acting Motherwell Cluster Commander, Brigadier Lungisile Manyana, vowed that "We [SAPS] will leave no stone unturned in finding these robbers. These types of attacks on persons in farming communities can not be tolerated, especially in view of fire arms also being carried by these criminals. We will work around the clock to bring these perpetrators to book."

The SAPS Provincial Crime Scene CSI unit was also roped in to forensically process the scene.

"Any person with information that can assist police in this investigation can contact Captain Jerome Mackay at 076 018 0713."