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Eastern Cape | SAPS NEWS: An Off-Duty Police Officer Arrests Battery Thief in Port Elizabeth

Media Statement from Eastern Cape Media Centre Corporate Communication and LiaisonSouth African Police Service


Port Elizabeth:  A police officer is never off duty and is always ready to come to the aid and assistance of the community when needed.


On Saturday evening, 16 March 2019 at about 23:00, a member of Port Elizabeth Flying Squad was off duty when he


received a call for assistance from the manager of a battery company informing him that suspects are stealing car batteries at their premises in Standford Road in Korsten.


The member immediately responded in his private car and Const Ludi Retief spotted the suspected bakkie leaving the premises and chased after it in his car while requesting for back up from his colleagues. Flying Squad members and SAPS Algoa Park responded and as the vehicle approached the corners of Chase Drive and Uitenhage Roads, the driver tried to evade the police vehicle waiting for him and drove onto the pavement and collided into the robot. One suspect escaped earlier when the manager tried to stop the vehicle from leaving the premises.


One suspect, aged 52 years was arrested and 56 vehicle batteries were recovered and handed back to the owner. The total value of the batteries is R56 000. The white Nissan bakkie was also confiscated. The suspect is detained on a charge of possession of suspected stolen property and will appear in court on Monday, 18 March 2019.


The security guard was also arrested and detained for theft. It is alleged that he was working in cahoots with the alleged thieves.


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