Three armed robbers arrested after manhunt

2018-05-24 06:01

TWO suspects appeared in the Uitenhage Magistrates Court and one in the Kwanobuhle Magistrate’s Court on Monday, following their alleged involvement in business robberies in the Uitenhage area.

Members from the Uitenhage Operational Command Centre’s Trio Task Team and VISPOL members followed up on various leads and arrested the three suspects in three different business robbery cases.

Detectives remain committed to ensure that investigations into trio crimes within the Uitenhage Cluster receive the maximum attention.

“The suspects, aged 25, 35 and 39 were linked to three different business robberies in the Uitenhage area” said police spokesperson Captain Gerda Swart.

The police have launched a manhunt after armed suspects robbed a business in Mabandla Street, KwaNobuhle and fled with various items. One suspect, Lubabalo Menziwa (39) was arrested in connection with this robbery.

In the second incident a cellphone business was robbed in a shopping centre in the CBD of Uitenhage.

“It is alleged that the armed suspects entered the shop, threatened the employees with firearms and demanded the stock from the store. The suspects fled from the scene with several cellphones,” said Captain Swart.

Nomwabisi Funde (35) was arrested for the robbery. A third suspect, Nikelo Gaxela (25) was arrested on a warrant of arrest and he was also charged on a case of business robbery.

“No property or firearms were recovered as yet, but investigations are continuing,” said Captain Swart. – REPORTER

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