Speedy ar­rest af­ter street rob­bery

Grocott's Mail - - NEWS - STAFF RE­PORTER

A cell­phone, sim card and cloth­ing were re­cov­ered from a house in N Street last week­end, only hours af­ter a man was robbed of them, thanks to the vig­i­lance of a Gra­ham­stown po­lice of­fi­cer.

Sergeant Mervin Frans, SAPS Eastern Cape Star of the Year for 2015, was tipped off about two men in pos­ses­sion of a firearm go­ing past Verge­noeg to­wards Ex­ten­sion 9.

Frans started his in­ves­ti­ga­tion and called for as­sis­tance from other mem­bers of the task team.

The area was pa­trolled and the Photo sup­plied sus­pects were sighted in Ex­ten­sion 9, Joza.

They were stopped and searched and a replica firearm was con­fis­cated.

One of the men also had a cell­phone whose pin code he did not know.

The of­fi­cer’s sus­pi­cions were fur­ther aroused when in­spect­ing the mem­ory card, the sus­pect was not able to iden­tify any of the peo­ple in the pho­to­graphs.

Fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion led the team to an ad­dress where the oc­cu­pant told the of­fi­cers he’d been robbed at gun­point at 9am the same morn­ing.

His cell­phone had been taken and he’d been as­saulted.

The vic­tim was able to iden­tify the sus­pect.

The team then pro­ceeded to the home of the sus­pect in N Street and more items in­clud­ing a sim card and cloth­ing be­long­ing to the vic­tim were re­cov­ered.

The sus­pect, aged 19, was ar­rested and will ap­pear in the mag­is­trate’s court in Gra­ham­stown on Mon­day on a charge of ag­gra­vated rob­bery.

The sec­ond man was not in­volved in the in­ci­dent, ac­cord­ing to the vic­tim, and was not de­tained.

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