The Philippi police arrested three suspects for their alleged involvement in the robbery of a cigarette delivery vehicle on Wednesday, 25 May.
POLICE RESPOND TO CIGARETTE TRUCK ROBBERY
South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson Ndakhe Gwala said Philippi SAPS members heard gunshots in the area at approximately 11:00 and headed towards it.
“As they approached the crime scene, they discovered that a cigarette delivery vehicle was being robbed, and spotted one suspect who fled the scene empty-handed, running towards the direction of a Toyota Quantum with police members in pursuit,” said Gwala.
The driver of the taxi and two other men drove away as the suspect on the run was arrested. The 40-year-old arrested suspect is expected to appear before the Athlone Magistrate’s Court.
While this was happening, community members looted various boxes of cigarettes with an estimated value of R500 000, said the police spokesperson.
“Police members patrolled the area and arrested two males aged 17 and 18 who possessed cigarettes with an estimated value of R8000 for possession of suspected stolen property,” said Gwala.
Both suspects are also expected to appear before the Athlone court. The investigation continues and more arrests are a possibility.
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