Suspects nabbed in minutes through tracking device

Two students were robbed as they were riding their bicycles along Rhodes Memorial parking area.

The incident occurred on Tuesday 17 November at about 08:30.

Captain Angie Latchman, Wynberg police cluster spokesperson, says it is alleged the students were accosted and robbed by two unknown men.

“They were held up at knife point and robbed of an iPhone, memory stick and a university student card before the suspects fled the scene on a maroon motorcycle,” Latchman says.

One of the victims reported the incident to her relative who then began to track the iPhone and managed to pick up the location, which was then forwarded to Rondebosch police who immediately responded and managed to track and arrest the two suspects at the corner of Belmont and St Andrews roads in Rondebosch.

“Police found a cellphone belonging to one of the victims in the possession of one of the suspects. Upon further searching the suspect, police also recovered two knives, a screwdriver, mandrax tablets as well as dagga,” she says.

The suspects aged 22 and 23 respectively appeared in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court on Thursday 19 November on charges relating to robbery with a weapon other than a firearm, possession of a dangerous weapon, possession of drugs and possession of suspected stolen property.

Latchman says the onset of the upcoming festive season brings with it the influx of tourists to Table Mountain.

“In a proactive approach police together with South African National Parks (SANParks) have embarked on a rigorous crime prevention programme for Table Mountain with the main focus to curb all mountain muggings, robberies and thefts,” she says.

They also want to create a sense of awareness among tourists and to educate them on safety precautions whilst on the mountain.

“These crime prevention operations consist of foot, motorcycle, tracker dog and horse patrols on the mountain. Stop and search operations as well as VCPs will be held in the vicinity of the mountain area,” Latchman says.

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