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Port Elizabeth - Hilton police in KwaZulu-Natal have launched a manhunt for three robbery suspects, two of whom failed to pitch for court appearances. 

Police spokesperson, Captain Nqobile Gwala said police were appealing to community members for assistance in locating Siphesihle Percival Mncwabe, 24, from Hilton College, Valley Compound.

Gwala said he is wanted for housebreaking with intent to steal and theft, crimes that he allegedly committed at Hilton College Complex in November last year. 

He appeared in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court and the charges were provisionally withdrawn due to the unavailability of a witness. 

In July, a summons was issued but he failed to appear before court and a warrant of arrest was issued.

The second suspect, Nhlanhla Jili, 47, was caught by a shop owner at Hilton Village, allegedly stealing items from the business premises.

Gwala said he was arrested by Hilton police and was charged for theft. 

He appeared in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court and was granted bail. 

In June he failed to appear before court and his bail was revoked.

The third suspect, Koshik Subha, 40, was employed as a cashier in one of the business premises in Hilton, when it was discovered that he had allegedly been stealing money when he was cashing up. 

Gwala said the alleged theft happened in February 2015.

“The suspect confessed to his supervisor and promised to re-pay the money, which he never did. A case of theft was opened for further investigation and a warrant of arrest was issued against him,” he said. 

African News Agency/ANA