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Expensive watches recovered from housebreaking suspects in PE

Jul 4, 2018
Expensive watches recovered from housebreaking suspects in PE

Four suspects are expected in court soon after they were nabbed by Port Elizabeth police for housebreaking.

"On Tuesday morning, at about 00:15, members of PE Flying Squad received information about a possible suspect that is attempting to sell an expensive watch in Eveready Road in Sidwell," described police spokesperson, Capt Johan Rheeder.

"The information was immediately followed up and a 40-year-old male was arrested and found in possession of two very expensive watches. One of the watches still had a tag from Francarlo Jewellery store, which was broken into last week."

He said that with the assistance of members from Motherwell Operational Command Centre (OCC) further investigation led this joint team to various houses in New Brighton and Algoa Park.

"Three more suspects, aged 29, 39 and 48-years-old were arrested," Capt Rheeder said.

"Twenty-six watches (Fossil, Police, Swiss, Rolex etc) were recovered. The value is yet to be determined."

All four suspects were detained on charges of possession of suspected stolen property and housebreaking (Francarlo in Walmer).

Mount Road SAPS Cluster Commander, Maj Gen Thembisile  Patekile, commended the  members on their team effort and speedy response.

"It is evident that our coordinated approach in fighting crime  results in us, the SAPS as the victors. This collaboration can only succeed as  we stamp the authority of the State in order to make sure that citizens are and feel safe.

"We urge the communities to continue reporting suspicious behaviour and activities in their respective communities. Their attentiveness to their surroundings will also contribute in ridding society of criminals," added Maj Gen Patekile. 

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