Police arrest armed robbers in KwaNobuhle

2016-08-25 06:00
<One of the unlicensed firearms (9mm pistols) with ammunition which were seized by police. Photo: SUPPLIED

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Members in the Uitenhage Cluster are continuing to curb crime effectively with the arrest of three suspected robbers last Thursday.

According to Captain Gerda Swart, “five armed men entered a premises at Ngwamza Avenue, KwaNobuhle and demanded cash from the complainant.

The complainant handed an undisclosed amount of cash over to the suspects and they also took cellphones and electronic equipment before exiting the house.”

Meanwhile, police officials from SAPS KwaNobuhle on patrol noticed the suspicious behaviour at the home.

The suspects started shooting at police officials who returned fire. The Uitenhage K9 Unit assisted and responded to the complaint and within minutes three suspects were arrested and two unlicensed firearms (two 9mm pistols) with ammunition were seized.

The three suspects (aged 27, 29 and 39) were detained and appeared in the Kwanobuhle Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

They face charges ranging from house robbery,and the illegal possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.

No one was injured during the shootout.

Police are in search of the two other outstanding suspects and will follow up on all possible leads.

Kwanobuhle Station Commander, Colonel Zolani Xawuka praised his members and commented: “I thank the members for their dedication and commitment and urge all SAPS members to continue to clamp down on armed and violent criminals”.

“We need to continue to rid our communities of illegal firearms, because these weapons most often are used in the commission of criminal acts”.

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