King William’s Town – South African Police Service effort to deal with organized crime paid off when four suspects were arrested in East London.
An intelligence-driven operation by East London Crime Intelligence and Visible Policing was conducted on Friday, 2 October 2020 following receipt of information about a group from KwaZulu-Natal who were involved in business robberies and bank cards scams.
It’s alleged that during the operation four suspects aged between 23 and 38 years (two males and two females) were arrested for possession of suspected stolen property.
It is further alleged that the suspects booked accommodation at one of the local establishments and upon searching the premises, suspected stolen property (clothing) with an estimated value of R25 000,00 from different stores and two cellphones were recovered and seized.
A hired vehicle was utilized to commit these crimes was also confiscated.
All suspects will appear in the East London Magistrates’ Court on 5 October 2020 on charges of possession of suspected stolen property however the possibility of more charges cannot be ruled out.
Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga commended the members for the arrest. “The arrest of the suspect is a major breakthrough as the suspects could have continued with their spree the entire weekend if they were not stopped at their tracks. All these suspects will be profiled to ascertain if they could not be linked to similar crimes across the province and country”, she said.