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Port Elizabeth cop walks into business robbery, suspect later arrested

Oct 31, 2018
Port Elizabeth cop walks into business robbery, suspect later arrested

A 29-year-old suspect was arrested for business robbery within minutes of a robbery in Swartkops on Tuesday night.

"This followed after three armed suspects robbed a shop in Old Grahamstown Road, Swartkops, at about 19:15," said police spokesperson, Captain Andre Beetge.

"They took groceries, cigarettes and a cellphone of one of the shop clients.

"A Swartkops police member that stopped at the same shop to buy a cool drink walked past the suspects when they were on their way out of the shop."

After seeing the shop owner on the ground behind the counter, he realised that a robbery had just taken place and returned outside.

"The suspects hurriedly got into their getaway vehicle a white Ford Fiesta, and the police member warned them to stop. When the vehicle sped away, he attempted to shoot the vehicle tyres but the suspects managed to evade arrest," Capt Beetge said.

"About 10 minutes later, the vehicle was found abandoned in Mariners Row, Swartkops, with all the stolen goods and cellphone still in the vehicle."

He added that after about another 20 minutes, the vehicle owner (suspect) returned to the vehicle claiming he was hijacked, but after interviewing him, he was arrested for the robbery.

"The vehicle was impounded for forensic analysis and the suspect will appear before the Motherwell Magistrate's Court on Thursday on charges of business robbery," he described.

Firearm used in robbery seized at a failed robbery scene

Captain Beetge said that a firearm suspected to be linked to the robbery was confiscated on Wednesday morning after a failed robbery attempt by an unknown male suspect in Strand Street, Swartkops.

"This followed after a 53 year old female walking in the street on her way to church was gun pointed by an unknown male. Before he could say anything the female screamed and a man at the church came out to investigate. The suspect then fled the scene after throwing down the firearm," Capt Beetge said.

"The firearm is suspected to be linked to the robbery at the shop on Tuesday night.

"The firearm was identified as a stolen firearm from Scenery Park in December 2017.

"The firearm will also be analysed through ballistic and forensic tests."

The Motherwell Cluster Commander, Major General Dawie Rabie, has applauded the swift actions by the police member.

He added; "Our members reflects our (SAPS) strong stance against robberies and crimes committed with illegal fire arms. SAPS will remain focused on these crimes and the taking of illegal fire arms off our streets to ensure a safer environment for our communities."

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