Woman in court after R2m jewellery heist


One of the people accused of robbing Browns Jewellers in East London’s Hemingways Mall of diamonds worth more than R2m last Thursday appeared in court on Wednesday.
The 36-year-old woman, from Parkridge in East London, will appear again in court for a formal bail application on Thursday.
She was arrested on Monday by Cambridge police crime prevention members, Eastern Cape police spokesperson Brigadier Thembinkosi Kinana said.
The arrest comes after mugshots of the accused and four others were splashed in the Daily Dispatch on Saturday and on Monday.
A cash reward of R250,000 was offered by Browns Jewellers at R50,000 per head.
It has since been revealed that police are searching for four more suspects.
Magistrate Rochelle Sam transferred the case to the bail court for a formal bail application. It was remanded for today.
This breakthrough follows after crime prevention members in Cambridge policing precinct received information on the whereabouts of the woman.She matched the description of a suspect wanted in connection with a robbery at another jewellery store recently.The woman was subsequently arrested on a charge of armed robbery. Recovery of the stolen jewellery has not been made at this stage.Kinana said investigation into the whereabouts of other suspects is under way and that police cannot rule out the possibility of further arrests being made in the near future.The accused's identity cannot be revealed until she has pleaded in court.In the robbery a couple pretended to be looking for a ring before being joined by others in the gang.Police appeal to the public with information to phone 08600-10111...

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