A daring drop safe bombing took place during an armed robbery at a garage in Perseverance, Nelson Mandela Bay.
Just after 15:00 on Wednesday afternoon, eight suspects were seen getting out of a white Quantum Minibus at the Caltex garage in Perseverance.
Inside the garage shop these armed suspects demanded money and the location of the drop safe. The two cashiers on duty were tied up and locked in the bathroom before the drop safe was blown open with an unknown explosive device. The suspects took an undisclosed amount of money and fled the scene in a white Nissan bakkie. This vehicle was discovered abandoned shortly thereafter in Zwide.
Any person with information that could assist police in this incident can contact the Swartkops Detectives at 041 408 8303 /341.
On Tuesday morning, shortly after 09:00, four suspects armed with fire arms robbed the Fresh Produce Market in Markman industrial zone of a substantial amount of cash.
After alarm was made by the security, the four suspects which attempted to flee making use of a jikeleza taxi parked inside the premises, a Silver VW Golf, found themselves blocked in at the main gates. The four then fled on foot by scaling the gates and evading capture by the security guards. They fled into a bushy area close by, and three of them were arrested shortly thereafter by Swartkops police attending to the robbery. The fourth suspect is still at large.
Motherwell Cluster Commander, Major General Dawie Rabie applauded the swift arrests and added “We will not rest until this fourth suspect joins his fellow robbers in the SAPS cells and be brought before court.”
The three arrested males aged 25, 26 and 27 will face a charge of armed robbery today, 10 August 2017, when they will appear before the Motherwell Magistrates Court.
And in Uitenhage the Uitenhage K9 were busy with patrols when they received valuable information on 7 August 2017 about a suspicious vehicle. Members followed up on the information and noticed the vehicle driving in Ponana Tini Road, Kwanobuhle at about 13:40 on 7 August 2017. Members pulled the vehicle off the road and through thorough and responsive investigations, the members discovered that the vehicle was stolen in the Mount Road policing area during February 2017. The 18-year-old male suspect was arrested on the spot on a charge of possession of suspected stolen vehicle. The vehicle, a white Mazda 323, was also confiscated by the Vehicle Crime Identification Unit of SAPS.
The 18-year-old male suspect is due to appear in the Kwanobuhle Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, 10 August 2017 on a charge of possession of suspected stolen vehicle. Unrelenting efforts by SAPS members to advance in combatting the theft of motor vehicles are also paying dividends, with the recovery of this suspected stolen vehicle.
The South African Police Service wants to encourage the community to work with the SAPS in reducing crime and they appeal to the community to provide valuable information that will lead to the arrest of suspects involved in crime. Let us share information and support each other in the fight against crime. Crime Stop 08600 10111 or Crime Line SMS 32211.