No time for smoke break as cops chase robbers

2015-08-18 06:00
Sergeants Luzuko Nela and Nkululeko Jojozi log the stolen cigarettes they found when they arrested two of the tobacco robbers.

Sergeants Luzuko Nela and Nkululeko Jojozi log the stolen cigarettes they found when they arrested two of the tobacco robbers.

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Police arrested two men for robbing a British American Tobacco delivery vehicle in Costa da Gama at gun point.

The robbery occurred on Wednesday last week as the driver of the van was making a delivery in Sandpiper Road at about 11:00.

Captain Stephen Knapp, spokesperson of Muizenberg police station, says about six suspects approached the driver, threatened him with a firearm and took numerous boxes of cigarettes.

“The driver was left unharmed in Sunrise Boulevard and the robbers made off in an unknown vehicle down Baden Powell Drive,” Knapp says.

About half an hour later sergeants Luzuko Nela and Nkululeko Jojozi of the Maitland K9 unit, who had heard of the robbery, spotted a suspicious white Nissan 1400 bakkie being pursued by a security vehicle. The police officers managed to pull the bakkie off in the vicinity of Swartklip Road.

“The driver of the bakkie attempted to evade the police by running toward the nearby bushes, but was apprehended by Nela whilst Jojozi apprehended the passenger,” Knapp says.

He says the suspects, aged 32 and 33 and from Khayelitsha, could not give a reasonable explanation for the boxes of cigarettes in their bakkie.

“Both suspects were arrested and detained at Muizenberg police station on charges of possession of suspected stolen goods and armed robbery.”

 In a separate incident on Tuesday 21 July a 28-year-old resident of Overcome Heights was found guilty of robbery.

Knapp says the conviction relates to an incident in 2013 when an employee of a hairdressing salon in Drury Road, Vrygrond was robbed of cash and her cellphone.

Knapp says the accused, who was arrested on the same day as the robbery, was found guilty in the Wynberg Regional Court and sentenced to five years’ imprisonment, of which three years were suspended for five years.

“The news of the conviction was well received by the station commander of Muizenberg police, Colonel Ismail Daniels, who congratulated the investigating officer, Detective Constable Siyabulela Zazini,” Knapp says, adding that the constable, who had diligently investigated the case, “was pleased with the success and hoped that the sentence imposed would be a deterrent to those involved in crime”.

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