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Four suspects arrested and firearm as well as stolen goods recovered

Nov 23, 2017
Four suspects arrested and firearm as well as stolen goods recovered

High visibility patrols by Port Elizabeth police targeting crime hot spots are yielding results. On Wednesday, at about 15:00, four suspects, aged between 20 and 30 years old, were arrested and detained on charges of illegal possession of firearm and possession of suspected stolen goods.

"While members were performing patrols in Govan Mbeki Street, North End they noticed four suspicious males, carrying bags board a taxi," said Port Elizabeth police .

"The members stopped the taxi near the North End cemetery and on searching the occupants they recovered an unlicensed firearm from one suspect.

"The bags contained liquor, small coins and clothing."

All four males were detained and the 9mm firearm with magazine and rounds, liquor, clothing and cash was seized.

"It is believed that the suspects may be linked to a business robbery that was reported at a liquor store in Sidwell earlier on Wednesday," police said.

"During the robbery four suspects entered the store and one suspect was armed with a firearm. They threatened the employees and fled with liquor, undisclosed amount of cash from the cash register and cell phones from the employees."

The suspects will appear in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate Court on Friday.

The Station Commander of SAPS Mount Road, Brig Neil Jantjies, commended the members for the arrests they made and confiscation of the firearm.