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Wanted suspect arrested for Kareedouw Police Station attack

By Afikile Lugunya - Dec 7, 2018
Wanted suspect arrested for Kareedouw Police Station attack

Motherwell police, in Port Elizabeth, on Thursday arrested a suspect wanted in connection with a robbery that occurred at the Kareedouw Police Station in Augustthis year as well as two other robbery cases in Grahamstown.

It is alleged that four armed suspects entered the Community Service Centre and overpowered the constable on duty that day.

The suspects removed firearms from the safe and a police hand radio.

According to police spokesperson, Captain Andre Beetge, the 45-year-old suspect was arrested on Thursday evening at NU29, Motherwell.

Captain Beetge said that this followed after Swartkops police and Motherwell Cluster Operational Command Centre (OCC) members followed up on information about the suspect.

"He was found in a vehicle - a blue Renault, in Ntenenengo Street, NU29 at about 18:30," Capt Beetge said.

"He was also found in possession of a 9mm Vector pistol with 15 rounds of ammunition. The firearm will go for ballistic and forensic analysis to determine ownership and if it has been used in other crimes."

Apparently the pistol's it's serial number was removed.

Suspect to also be processed for Kareedouw Police Station attack

Captain Beetge said that the 45-year-old suspect was charged with the illegal possession of an unlicensed firearmand ammunition.

He is also expected to appear before the Motherwell Magistrate's Court on Monday.

After his court appearance, he will then be transferred to Kareedouw and Grahamstown to be processed on the cases he faces there.

Motherwell SAPS Cluster Commander, Major General Dawie Rabie, has applauded the arrest.

He added "We will investigate any possible linking of the suspect with other cases in the Motherwell Cluster and Nelson Mandela Bay area, but for now we are pleased with the progress that was made and getting this suspect off the streets and to court to face the cases against him."

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