Illegal perlemoen seized in Mowbray

Abalone worth R10 million was seized at a house in Mowbray.

Police arrested two people for being in possession of abalone at a house in Mowbray in the early hours on Friday October 12.

According to provincial police spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut, two police officers had been attending to a house robbery complaint, which resulted in the arrest of a man and a woman, both aged in their 30s, for being in possession of abalone worth at an estimated R10 million.

“During the early hours of (Friday morning), the police members were alerted that seven male suspects perpetrated a house robbery in Strubens Road, Mowbray. While attending to the complaint, the members noticed that the residence is being used as an abalone processing plant, and decided to search, premises,” he said.

“The arrested suspects claimed that they were tied up by seven suspects who fled the scene with abalone, whereafter they raised the alarm and notified police,” he said.

The man and woman appeared in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court on Monday.