5 held in Eastern Cape for robbery, hijacking

2015-07-27 16:31

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Johannesburg - Five men have been arrested in Cofimvaba, around 75km from Queenstown, for alleged hijacking and armed robbery, Eastern Cape police said on Monday.

"The arrest happened yesterday [Sunday] at about 12:00 in Cofimvaba when the police intensified the patrols following information of a business robbery at Lady Frere the same morning," acting cluster commander, Colonel Gcinikaya Taleni, said.

"After they spotted the vehicle with the male occupants in it and stopped it, the suspects were arrested and charged with possession of illegal firearms and ammunition as well as suspected stolen property. Suspects will appear in the Lady Frere Magistrate’s Court on July 28 [Tuesday] 2015."

Police making the arrest confiscated four firearms with ammunition, as well as cellphones, bags of clothing, documents and a large amount of money.

Further charges could be added if the five men are found to have been involved in a business robbery at a supermarket in Lady Frere on Sunday morning.

"In the early hours of July 25 2015 at about 08:25, a group of armed men allegedly entered a Lady Frere supermarket, ordered the customers and staff to lie down before instructing the manager to open the safe," Taleni said.

"The robbers took cash from the safe, emptied the tills, robbed the customers and staff of their belongings and drove away in a white minibus and sedans. No shots were fired and no one was injured during the robbery."

The firearms recovered from the scene would be taken for ballistic tests to see if they were used in any other crimes.

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