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One arrested by Uitenhage police after three armed men rob shop

Oct 11, 2018
One arrested by Uitenhage police after three armed men rob shop

Concerted efforts to fight the proliferation of illegal firearms and the capability to effectively address trio crimes in the Uitenhage Cluster paid off on Wednesday, when alert police officers responded immediately to a robbery at a business, at about 14:45.

According to police spokesperson, Captain Gerda Swart, the alleged robbery took place at Cuyler Street, Uitenhage.

"It is alleged that the owner was busy inside his shop in Cuyler Street, Uitenhage, when two unknown men entered the shop, of which one was armed with a firearm. Another male suspect remained standing in the doorway," she described.

"The suspects threatened the owner with the firearm and took cigarettes, toiletries and airtime. The suspects then fled on foot from the scene.

"The owner immediately made alarm and SAPS members in the vicinity acted promptly and arrested one suspect successfully and confiscated the firearm that was allegedly used during the robbery."

Two armed robbery suspects evaded arrest

Captain Swart said that the other two suspects managed to evade arrest, but detectives from SAPS Uitenhage are following up on all possible leads and the arrest of the outstanding suspects are imminent.

"The 33-year-old male suspect is due to appear in the Uitenhage Magistrate’s Court on Friday, on a charge of armed robbery," she added.

"It was later established that the firearm used was a gas pistol. Members also recovered some of the stolen property."

The Station Commander for Uitenhage, Brigadier Laurence Soekoe praised the police officers for their collaborative approach in combatting crime effectively in their community.

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