Port Elizabeth – A Nelson Mandela Bay police sergeant has been arrested for his alleged involvement in a brazen robbery at traffic lights in Motherwell, where his official police vehicle was used.
Police spokesperson, Colonel Priscilla Naidu, said three women had been robbed of their handbags and personal belongings at the traffic lights in Ngunga Street, Motherwell on Friday evening.
Naidu said four suspects believed to have been involved in the robbery were later arrested at a petrol station in Motherwell, where they were found in possession of the police vehicle.
“Further investigations revealed that a sergeant from SAPS Kabega Park had failed to book the vehicle back in on Friday when reporting off duty,” she said.
Naidu said the 37-year-old detective sergeant had been arrested during the early hours of Saturday morning at a house in Bethelsdorp.
“He was detained for using a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent, however, further charges may be added at a later stage,” she said.
Naidu said a departmental investigation would run concurrent to the criminal investigation.
Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant t General Liziwe Ntshinga said police officials who associated with criminal elements would be harshly dealt with.
“Members must work with integrity and refrain from any form of corrupt activities. We are committed to zero tolerance in this Province on corruption,” she said.