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Five arrested over stolen cigarettes worth R1.7m in PE

The suspects were apprehended earlier this week following a tip-off.

SA Police Service members arrested five people and seized stolen cigarettes worth an estimated street value of R1.7 million in Port Elizabeth. Picture: @SAPoliceService/Twittter

CAPE TOWN - Five men have been arrested for the possession of stolen cigarettes worth an estimated street value of R1.7 million in Port Elizabeth.

The suspects were apprehended earlier this week following a tip-off.

Officers confiscated 300 boxes of stolen cigarettes.

The police's Sandra Janse van Rensburg says that the men have appeared in court and the matter has been postponed until 15 January.

“When they went to search a room where they suspected the stolen items were hidden, the suspects actually locked a passage door which members had to break down. When members gained entry, they were trying to throw the suspected stolen property over a boundary wall.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)