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Two suspects arrested and firearms confiscated in New Brighton

Oct 15, 2018
Two suspects arrested and firearms confiscated in New Brighton

Two more firearms were taken off the streets by SAPS in unrelated incidents in New Brighton, Port Elizabeth.

"In the first incident a business robbery took place at a tavern in Nkata Street, New Brighton, on Sunday night," said police spokesperson, Captain Andre Beetge.

"At about 20:30, four armed suspects entered the tavern and demanded cash from an employee at the tavern.

"The 77-year-old lady employee was serving patrons through a security gate inside the tavern when she was gun pointed by the suspects."

He said that they managed to rob the tavern of an undisclosed amount of cash and liquor before they fled the scene.

"Moments later SAPS Flying Squad members responding to the robbery arrested a 27-year-old suspect when they noticed him jumping over a boundary wall behind the tavern."

Capt Beetge said that the suspect had an unlicensed firearm - 9mm pistol with four rounds of ammunition, in his possession.

"He was charged for armed robbery and illegal possession of an unlicensed fire arm and ammunition."

Another suspect found with illegal firearm

Capt Beetge said that in an unrelated incident, Motherwell Cluster Operational Command Centre members noticed three suspicious males walking in Seyisi Street, New Brighton, on Monday morning, just after midnight at 00:10.

"On searching the males, a 31-year-old male was found in possession of an unlicensed fire arm with one round of ammunition and arrested."

He said that both firearms in these cases were found with their serial numbers removed and were sent for ballistic and forensic analysis.

"Both suspects will be appearing before the New Brighton Magistrate's Court on Tuesday to face their charges."

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