A multiple disciplinary team of SAPS recovered a total of 149 cellphones, 2 open view decoders, 1 earphone and 4 SD cards at Potsdam outside East London.
This was after a chain store was robbed at gunpoint in Qonce recently, the suspects drove off in a Toyota Avanza.
On receiving the information, the team was dispatched to Potsdam where they spotted the vehicle and on seeing the police, the suspects fled into the bushes.
The air support was activated to assist in the search but the suspects managed to escape.
The estimated value of the recovered goods is about R170 000-00. The vehicle was also confiscated by police.