Cape Town – Police arrested three suspects a few hours after the robbery of a German couple in a guest house in Addo, Eastern Cape.
The couple was allegedly rudely awakened and threatened by four men in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Police said the couple was robbed of foreign currency, passports and other belongings.
“The 67-year-old male sustained open wounds on the head as he tried to close the door. The suspects stole foreign currency, cash, passports as well as other personal property,” said police spokesperson Colonel Priscilla Naidu.
She said intelligence information led to the arrest of a 27-year-old suspect in the Nomathamsanqa area at about 11:30am as he was allegedly attempting to exchange the stolen foreign cash.
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“Two other suspects, aged 29 and 31, were arrested shortly thereafter. Most of the stolen property was recovered.” said Naidu
The trio was detained on charges of possession of suspected stolen property and business robbery and will appear in the Kirkwood magistrate’s court on Monday.
Sarah Baartman district police commissioner, Major-General Zolani Xawuka commended the swift arrests, adding that tourism has a significant social benefit to the country and crime can deter potential tourists.
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Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe