PLETTENBERG BAY NEWS - The four suspects who were arrested in connection with an attack on an elderly couple in the Crags on the outskirts of Plettenberg Bay earlier this week, are scheduled to apply for bail on 26 March. The men appeared in the Plettenberg Bay Magistrate's Court on Friday.
The matter was postponed and the suspects remain in custody until their next appearance.
It is alleged that five men armed with knives and pangas entered the residence of the couple, a 63-year-old woman and 71-year-old man, on Tuesday 16 March at about 21:00 and demanded cash.
They allegedly tied the hands of both victims, assaulted the man and ransacked the home. According to police the suspects took jewellery, two television sets and an undisclosed amount of cash before they fled the scene in the victim's Isuzu Double Cab bakkie.
The vehicle was later found abandoned on the N2 near the Tsitsikamma toll gate.
The police investigation took the team to a petrol station where a bank card of the victim's was used to purchase items at about 06:00 on Wednesday morning.
While searching for the suspects, security on patrol in the vicinity arrested a man who fitted the description of one of the perpetrators. Further investigation took police to two different houses in Qolweni where three more suspects were arrested and some stolen items recovered.
Investigation into the matter continues.
Plettenberg Bay Crime Prevention Association (PBCPA) operations head Otto Olivier said they were asked for assistance on the night of the incident. "Members of the Crags Farm Support Group responded and the Plett Security Rapid Response Unit (PSTRU), Medlife ambulance and police were activated," Olivier said.
"Alister Williams and Hennie Tereblanche were first on scene and found two well-known and well-loved Plett residents assaulted and tied up. The perpetrators fled the scene in a white double cab Isuzu bakkie."
He added that the crime scene was secured and the vehicle was recovered shortly after by the PSTRU squad. "PBCPA members meticulously searched the area. Detective Captain Mimmie Stephenson and detective Sergeant Bulawa were very quick on the scene."
He said that, after they followed up on initial information, one of the suspects was apprehended on Beacon Way in Plett.
"The detectives immediately followed up information from this arrest, more suspects were taken into custody and stolen property was recovered."
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