MEDIA STATEMENT FROM THE SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE EASTERN CAPE
ENHANCED PARTNERSHIP WITH SECURITY COMPANIES PRODUCES SUCCESS
Port Alfred Cluster: 2019-04-26
Over the last couple of months the use of CCTV cameras has proven to be a valuable asset in the fight against crime and crime detection.
Last night 25/4 at approximately 20:50, the complainant a tavern and shop owner was outside his tavern at Nemato when he was informed that 5 males went to the shop with fire arms. He immediately proceeded to his shop where he was confronted by the armed suspects who took him back to his tavern.
The suspects took an undisclosed amount of cash, cellphones and bottles of whiskey and fled with the owner’s white Isuzu KB. During patrols the vehicle was found abandoned near a local school, where the suspects allegedly fled in a white Toyota Quantum with a trailer. The details of the trailer registration number was circulated.
The security company based in Port Alfred and Port Elizabeth who monitor the surveillance cameras was also mobilized to assist in tracking the vehicle.
At about 00:25, members of the Port Elizabeth K9 unit received information that the suspects were driving towards Port Elizabeth. The team blocked off the routes which could possibly be taken by the suspects. The team spotted the vehicle driving at high speed and managed to stop the Quantum.
One suspect with a firearm jumped off the vehicle and fled into bushes whilst firing several shots. Five(5) suspects, stolen cellphones including the cash that was taken were recovered. The suspects face charges of business Robbery, and are believed to be linked to several other cases. The suspects all adults will appear in a local magistrate court early next week.
Acting Cluster Commander of Port Alfred, Colonel Lizette Zeelie, commended the teams who reacted and assisted in the arrest of the perpetrators and recovery of the stolen items. “Over the last couple of months our relationship with the security companies has increased. The CCTV camera which has been installed in strategic places has greatly assisted in tracking fleeing criminals. Thus far several suspects and recoveries have been made,” she said.
Captain Mali Govender
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