Ricochet News

Police on the heels of business robber believed to be hiding in Port Elizabeth

JANUARY 26, 2016
Police on the heels of business robber believed to be hiding in Port Elizabeth

Kenton-On-Sea police are on a hunt for a third suspect after their partnership with security company, Hi-Tech, helped foil an armed robbery and led to the arrest of two suspects and the recovery of two firearms and ammunition last week. The suspect is believed to be in Port Elizabeth and police are following leads.

According to Eastern Cape police, the suspect was one of three men, who were allegedly planning to rob a cash loan business in the Kenton-On-Sea area when the local detectives and Hi-Tech stopped them in their tracks last Tuesday.

"His two alleged would-be accomplices were arrested after police received information from Hi-Tech about a suspicious vehicle at about midday. The detectives spotted the car at a supermarket and arrested one suspect after they found and seized two 9mm firearms.

"The other two sped away and police gave chase, stopping the car and apprehending the driver, but the third suspect fled," police said.

"The two, who were arrested - Vuyani Msezeni, 35, and Bongani Mdingano, 27, appeared briefly in the Kenton-On-Sea Magistrate’s Court last week on charges of unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition."

Police said they were also linked to a business robbery on 16 January in which three men armed with firearms entered a spares shop and ordered the owner and his assistant to lie on the ground before robbing them of an undisclosed amount of cash, jewellery and cellphones.

The two suspects in custody will appear in the Kenton-On-Sea Magistrate’s Court again on Thursday.

"Port Alfred Cluster management thanked Hi-Tech for their assistance and willingness to always assist the community and praised Detective Constable George Cook and Detective Constable Sylvester Bees as well as Kenton Vispol members for their hard work."

Information that can assist the SAPS to arrest the suspect can be shared through SAPS Crime Stop on 08600 10 111 or Crime Line 32211. All information will be treated as confidential.