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Suspects don't get far after brazen armed robbery at Greenacres Mall

Aug 2, 2018
Suspects don't get far after brazen armed robbery at Greenacres Mall

Mount Road Cluster Commander, Maj Gen Thembisile Patekile, has commended his officers for their immediate response to a business robbery, which resulted in the arrest of five suspects and the recovery of four firearms on Wednesday.

"The daring pursuit by SAPS members started outside the Greenacres shopping mall as the suspects emerged from the centre and got into a waiting Toyota Etios," said police spokesperson, Col Priscilla Naidu.

"It is alleged that at about 12:30, about six or seven suspects walked into a cell phone shop in the mall and pretended to be customers.

"One firearm was produced and the three front assistants were ushered to the back of the store where the manager was busy. The manager was instructed to open the safe and approx. 35 cellphones were removed."

They left the store with the phones, two laptops, the employees personal phones and some petty cash.

"As the suspects exited the centre, they were met at the entrance by SAPS Mount Road members.

"The suspects fired at police while attempting to get away. One suspect was arrested and a 9mm pistol recovered," Col Naidu said.

"Vehicles from all over the cluster (Kabega Park, Walmer, Gelvandale, TRT, PE Flying Squad, PE K9 Unit and the Mount Road OCC) immediately responded. The suspects abandoned their vehicle in Burt Drive where they alighted and started running in different directions."

She said that the PE Flying Squad arrested the driver as he ran up Burt Drive.

"A total of five suspects and four firearms was recovered in Van Der Vyfer/Nugget, Middleton and CJ Langenhoven Roads by the abovementioned teams . One suspect sustained a gunshot wound to his wrist. Police suspect that the suspect may have been shot by his accomplices when they exited the mall."

The suspects, aged between 25 and 35 years old, will appear in court on Friday, on charges of business robbery, attempted murder, illegal possession of firearms and ammunition among other charges.

"The stolen cellphones and a signal jamming machine was found the Toyota Etios. The vehicle has been confiscated by police for forensic analysis."

Maj Gen Patekile, who visited all the five crime scenes added that excellent communication between the various stations and units is crucial in the speedy response and apprehension of suspects.

"These arrests shows that the responsibility of the SAPS in ensuring the safety and security of our citizens in South Africa is a priority. We will not be sharing any space with criminals and they must be removed from society so that the people of Port Elizabeth can move freely without any fear. We will continue to stamp the authority of the State in our efforts to prevent, combat and investigate crime . Despite being shot at, our members were relentless and ensured that these suspects were apprehended,’ added Maj Gen Patekile.

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