EIGHT suspects have been taken into custody following a robbery at a Ngcobo supermarket on Saturday.
In a statement today, police spokesman Colonel Sibongile Soci said the suspects, aged between 19 and 50, were arrested at about 6.30pm.
It was alleged that one of the robbers entered the supermarket and forced a shop assistant into the cash office at gunpoint. He demanded money and was given an undisclosed amount of cash. Upon leaving the shop he was trapped inside one of the security doors but managed to hide inside the ceiling of the shop passage.
Police were called and responded immediately which led to the arrest of the suspect, Soci said.
“A revolver with four empty cartridges and one live round of ammunition were recovered from the suspect.”
The police then arrested a further seven suspects who were waiting in a minibus nearby.
The minibus, with a Western Cape registration number, a Norinco pistol with seven live rounds and a toy gun, were seized.
Soci said it had since been determined that the firearms had been reported stolen.
The suspects are appearing in the Ngcobo Magistrate’s Court today on charges of business robbery and possession of illegal firearms and ammunition.
In other operations during the weekend in the Eastern Cape, police arrested 1 012 suspects and recovered 17 firearms, 265 rounds of ammunition and 110 types of dangerous weapons including knives and pangas.
Eastern Cape Provincial police commissioner, Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga said, ” “Police will continue to be visible and through the executing of operations. We maintain a zero tolerance approach in the prevention of crime. We are determined to make communities safer from criminals and criminal activities but we need the support of law abiding citizens to be our eyes and ears.”