An off-duty member of the South African Police Service has been congratulated for his courage when he investigates an armed robbery in Port Elizabeth, February 2020.
The Sgt situated at Kabega Park was nearby and heard screaming and shouting, upon investigating it was discovered that a phone shop had been robbed. Immediately the officer called for backup and multiple units responded.
The officer looked at the CCTV footage prior to calling the backup and identified the car to be a silver Mercedes Benz.
One of the employees notified the officer that one of the stolen phones could be tracked, they used this method to pinpoint where the thieves had fled to.
SAPS Air Wing unit assembled on the position of the tracker and spotted the vehicle in New Brighton, the vehicle had been abandoned.
The units carried out further investigation in the area and discovered a flat that had 33 cell phones, 3 tablets, and a 9mm pistol. The serial number of the pistol had no serial and signs of it being removed.
The items that were stolen from the store were recovered within hours.
At this point, no arrests have been made and SAPS have reported that the Mercedes Benz had previously been hijacked from the Motherwell area.
“Although the suspects were not arrested, every effort will be made to apprehend them. We appeal to the communities not to protect these criminals but to expose them and inform the police of suspicious activity within their areas,” said Maj Gen Patekile.