Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Three jewel theft suspects arrested


By Rhodé Marshall
22 August 2007

Monday afternoon three of the suspects of the robbery estimated at R2 million that occurred at a jewellery store at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront Saturday night were arrested.

“The three suspects were arrested in Thembani, Khayelitsha. Two of the suspects are aged 18 and the other is 19-years-old, they are from the Khayelitsha area,” says police spokesperson Inspector Bernadine Steyn.

“Four unknown men entered the shop posing as customers. One of the allegedly took out a hammer and broke the glass counter while two more suspects entered the shop,” says
Steyn says the six suspects took Tanzanite rings, earrings ad pendants, they then fled on foot to a nearby taxi rank.

“When they arrives at the taxi rank, a white Nissan Sentra was parked there, waiting for them, says Steyn.

She added that it is believed that another suspect was waiting in the Sentra for the men to arrive.

“The word Shimansky is engraved in most of the rings and the main stone in all the jewellery is the blue Tanzanite,” says Steyn.

“None of the jewellery has been recovered yet,” says Steyn.

The men are to appear in the Cape Town Magistrate’s court today.

Four of the suspects are still at large and anyone with information can contact Captain Roy Jackson at the Table Bay Harbour Police Station on 021 403 1001 or 021 403 1007.

The registration of the white Nissan Sentra is CY 196 222.

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