Petrol station robbery averted, two arrested, Despatch

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Petrol station robbery averted, two arrested, Despatch
Petrol station robbery averted, two arrested, Despatch

On Sunday, 1 April 2018, around 2 am, police responded to a complaint of a suspicious vehicle parked near a 24 hour fuel station in Main Street, Despatch. At the scene, police approached the suspicious vehicle, a white Mazda bakkie with two occupants.

Upon searching the vehicle, police found an unlicensed firearm with one live round of ammunition hidden behind the passenger seat. Police arrested the two men and also impounded the vehicle for further investigation.

A preliminary investigation has revealed that the recovered firearm, a 7.65mm pistol, was stolen in June last year in Worcester, Western Cape. Several forensic tests are to be conducted to possibly link the two men with other pending robbery cases.

The two men aged 29 and 34 will appear in the Uitenhage Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, 3 April 2018 on charges of possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

Uitenhage Acting Cluster Commander, Brigadier Ronald Koll commended the community of Despatch for their alertness, “Ever since the robbery of a bakery business two months ago, there is an increase in the number of complaints that police are receiving from Despatch ranging from suspicious persons to suspicious vehicles, that proves that residents are heeding police’s call to play a part in the fight against crime. I also commend the quick response from the members, who attended to a complaint”, added Brig Koll.

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SOURCESouth African Police Service