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No joy for Port Elizabeth men, who robbed garage of cash, cigarettes and pies

Mar 27, 2019
No joy for Port Elizabeth men, who robbed garage of cash, cigarettes and pies

Port Elizabeth - Team work and the accurate passing on of information by Port Elizabeth police led to the speedy arrest of three robbery suspects and the recovery of stolen goods on Tuesday.

"During the early hours of Tuesday morning, SAPS Mount Road members responded to a robbery at a garage in Govan Mbeki Ave in North End, Port Elizabeth," said police spokesperson, Capt Johan Rheeder.

"It is alleged that at about 01:20, three suspects entered the shop and were browsing around pretending to be customers.

"The complainant asked them if they needed assistance and the one suspect pulled out a firearm and threatened the complainant."

He said that they then instructed her to lay on the floor and the suspects took an undisclosed amount of cash from the till, cigarettes and pies.

"The suspects fled the scene in a white VW Polo and information regarding the vehicle was immediately circulated by the SAPS channels."

Robbery suspects spotted in Veeplaas, Port Elizabeth, and cornered by police

Capt Rheeder said that the vehicle was spotted shortly afterwards by members of the Port Elizabeth K9 unit in Veeplaas, Port Elizabeth.

"A chase ensued and the vehicle drove in a cul-de-sac in Gigana Street," he added.

"Back up arrived and with their assistance, the VW Polo was stopped and the three occupants were arrested.

"The suspects and vehicle were searched and the members confiscated cash, cigarettes chocolates and pies."

Capt Rheeder said that the VW Polo was also confiscated and taken to the vehicle pound for further investigation.

"The three suspects, aged between 26 – 28, were arrested on charges of business robbery."

They will appear in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

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