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Eight arrested after armed robbery at King Williams Town retail outlet

Jan 17, 2019
Eight arrested after armed robbery at King Williams Town retail outlet

The Acting Eastern Cape SAPS Provincial Commissioner, Major General Andre Swart, has applauded the effort by the various clusters for the excellent manner in which they executed and effected the arrest of eight suspects, who allegedly committed an armed robbery in King Williams Town on Wednesday afternoon.

He issued a warning to the perpetrators of crime, "the SAPS in the Eastern Cape are committed to ridding criminals off our streets and we will continue in our pursuit towards our mission to create a safe and secure environment for the community that we serve".

His comments come after a combined effort by members of the Alice, Grahamstown, King Williamstown, East London and Port Alfred SAPS clusters on Wednesday night led to the arrest of robbers.

"It was suspected that the suspects were on their way to Peddie," said police spokesperson, Captain Mali Govender.

"All the neighbouring clusters were on alert and blocked off entry and exit routes.

"Members from Grahamstown Crime intelligence were alerted that the vehicle, a silver Corsa matching the description of the suspect vehicle was travelling on the N2."

 Suspsects in King Williams Town robbery stopped outside Peddie

She said that they spotted the vehicle and with the assistance of Alice Visible policing unit and Crime intelligence stopped the vehicle outside Peddie.

"Three suspects were arrested and several cellphones suspected to have been taken from the earlier robbery was recovered in the vehicle," described Capt Govender.

"A second vehicle, white Chev Aveo, also allegedly involved was later stopped outside Grahamstown by the Grahamstown Highway Patrol, K9 and Joza Vispol."

She added that a further five suspects were arrested.

"Four firearms and several more cellphones have been recovered," Capt Govender said.

"Forensic experts worked through the night.

"The suspects face several charges including armed robbery and posses sion of unlicenced firearms and unlawful possession of ammunition."

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