A 25-year-old Port Elizabeth man was arrested in Kwazakhele early yesterday after police found dagga and stolen cigarettes hidden in his house.
The suspect, whom police will only name after he has been charged in court, was arrested at about 1am following a tip-off.
Police spokesman Captain Andre Beetge said the information was that the man was in possession of items related to the recent robbery of a spaza shop.
“Flying Squad members followed up on the information, which led them to a house in Salamntu Street, Kwazakhele,” Beetge said.
“The suspect was arrested inside the house and was found in possession of more than 120 rolled dagga cigarettes and packets of dagga.
“He also had 32 cartons of cigarettes stashed inside the house.
“It is suspected that the cigarettes might have been part of the loot of recent robberies at spaza shops in the Motherwell cluster area.”
Beetge said detectives still had to hold an identity parade to establish any links to a specific incident.
“The investigation is ongoing and we suspect he could also be involved with other robberies.”
The man is due to appear in the New Brighton Magistrate’s Court today.