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Summerstrand man sends cops on wild goose chase after prostitute steals car

Apr 21, 2017
Summerstrand man sends cops on wild goose chase after prostitute steals car

A 55-year-old Port Elizabeth man is again expected in court next week after he was busted by a Humewood detective for perjury.

"It is alleged that the 55-year-old man claimed that he had a gun pointed at him at his residence in the Summerstrand area where he was locked up in his house," said police spokesperson, Captain Sandra Janse Van Rensburg.

"He further alleged that his house and car keys were missing and that his vehicle - a white Mercedes Benz, were also stolen during the robbery.  The detective assigned to the investigation was informed that the vehicle was later recovered in Gelvandale." 

The detective followed up on information received from the driver of the allegedly stolen vehicle. This prompted the investigating officer to call the suspect in for further questioning regarding the house robbery.

"During the interrogation, the suspect admitted that he reported a false case of house robbery and that his car keys and house keys were stolen by a woman that had accompanied him to his residence," said Captain Janse Van Rensburg.

"The suspect was arrested on charges of perjury, he appeared in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday and was released on R500 bail and the case was remanded until the 29th of May 2017 pending further investigation."

The Cluster Commander, Major General Funeka Siganga, commended the detective for his attentiveness that ultimately led to the arrest of the suspect on charges of perjury.

"This is seen as a waste of resources and we cannot allow the community to send the SAPS on a wild goose chase. We will not hesitate to act against any member of the community if they report false cases," he said.