Firearms and stolen goods recovered after high-speed chase
Police arrested five alleged armed robbers just hours after the brazen robbery of a Port Alfred cosmetics retailer when a coordinated police operation tracked the suspects, leading to their pursuit and apprehension outside Port Elizabeth.
Shortly after 9am, three men and a woman allegedly entered Red Square at Rosehill Mall where they closed the doors, pointed guns at the staff and demanded that they pack perfumes into bags, which they then took and left the shop.
A mall security officer and the manager of a local food store attempted to intervene but were threatened with a firearm.
Grahamstown police spokeswoman Captain Mali Govender said the men fled in a dark grey SUV.
Port Elizabeth Flying Squad police officers sighted the a vehicle matching the description at Coega. They pursued the vehicle, which turned towards Motherwell. A high-speed chase ensued until they apprehended the suspects at the Truckers Inn, Well’s Estate. Five suspects aged between 20 and 32 were arrested. Two firearms and goods valued at R80 000 were confiscated.
Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lt General Liziwe Ntshinga said the arrests were testament to the department’s staff working together to fight crime. “This good team work and optimum utilisation of resources ensured that we stopped criminals on their tracks. Your actions restored the trust and hope in our daily commitment to eliminating crime in the province,” she said.