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East London – Two suspects were arrested on Tuesday after allegedly robbing a vehicle transporting tobacco in the Eastern Cape, police said.

“East London K9 arrested two suspects, aged 30 and 32, this morning at about 10:30 following the robbery of a tobacco transporting vehicle at Cambridge, East London,” said the province’s police spokesperson Mluleki Mbi.

The two suspects had been caught by policemen, Warrant Officer Pieter Swanepoel and Constable Fredericks.

According to Mbi, Swanepoel and Fredericks had acted on a lead about the robbery of a British American Tobacco vehicle.

Mbi said that the officers “gave chase and arrested the suspects at Scenery Park where a shoot-out between the police and the suspects ensued.”

Following the shoot-out, police recovered tobacco boxes valued at approximately R250,000, as well as a bakkie and a Polo Vivo.

Police would continue to search for the remaining suspects whilst the two arrested were due to appear in the East London Magistrate Court on Thursday.

African News Agency
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