Armed robber steals cigarettes worth R120 000 from BAT truck

Media statement from SAPS: Directorate for priority crime investigation 


EASTERN CAPE – Nthabeleng Charles, aged 30, made his first appearance on Monday before the new law court in Port Elizabeth for armed robbery. It is alleged that on March 3 last year, a 38-year-old man was driving a British American Tobacco (BAT) delivery vehicle from Port Elizabeth to Humansdorp on the N2.

A white Isuzu bakkie drove next to him, and a man in the bakkie then pointed an R5 rifle at him and instructed him to stop the vehicle. 

One of the suspects then allegedly jumped into the delivery vehicle and drove to a nearby bush to off load the boxes of cigarettes into the Isuzu bakkie. The suspects then fled the scene in the Isuzu bakkie.

The Isuzu bakkie and the boxes of cigarettes valued at about R120 000, were recovered in KwaNobuhle within approximately two hours after the robbery took place.

After conducting an investigation into the above incident the Organised Crime wing of the Hawks arrested Charles on Saturday. He will appear in the same court this Friday for a formal bail application.

The Eastern Cape Provincial Head for the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation Major General, Nyameko Nogwanya, congratulated his members for conducting a thorough investigation.

Enquiries: Captain Anelisa Feni at 071 481 3251.

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