Ricochet News

Tip-off leads to the arrest of two men just after they robbed PE furniture shop

Jun 14, 2018
Tip-off leads to the arrest of two men just after they robbed PE furniture shop

Two suspects are expected in court on Friday after they were busted by the Motherwell Operational Command Centre (OCC) members from SAPS Kwadwesi and New Brighton, and the Cluster Trio Detective Team, for robbery.

According to police spokesperson, Colonel Priscilla Naidu, the bust came after a furniture store was robbed on Wednesday afternoon.

She said that a store in Govan Mbeki Avenue, Port Elizabeth, had closed, but staff were still busy loading their delivery vehicle for after-hours delivery when two men then escorted the two staff members from outside into the store.

"The third staff member, together with the two, were ordered to lay on the floor while they took 10 plasma TV’s and 3 Hi-Fi’s. The three victims cellphones were also taken," said Col Naidu. 

"An alert community member had witnessed the suspects loading the TV sets in a silver Avanza vehicle.

"She noted the registration number which was circulated by police on all channels."

At about 20:00, members of Motherwell OCC spotted the vehicle near Kwadwesi police station and stopped it.

"Cables, gloves  and a hat was found in the vehicle. Further investigation led police to three separate houses in New Brighton where a total of 6 TV sets were recovered."

She added that the driver of the Avanza (a taxi driver) and one other person were arrested.

"The driver is detained on charges of armed robbery and possession of suspected stolen property while the other suspect is detained on a charge of possession of suspected stolen property," she described.

"Both suspects (in their 30’s) will appear in the New Brighton magistrates’ court on Friday."

Mount Road Cluster Commander, Maj Gen Thembisile Patekile, has commended the team and officers from Motherwell cluster for the excellent communication and immediate follow up on information which led to the speedy arrests and recoveries.

"It is a fact that criminals are working across cluster and station boundaries and we need to work in close liaison with each other in order to solve serious crimes. We also appreciate the information provided by the alert community member. Had it not been for her,  the result achieved would not have been so swift," added Maj Gen Patekile.