“The couple Shaun Ah-Shene and Virginia Ah-Shene, both 49, allegedly formed part of the underground world,” Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said in a statement.
They appeared in the New Law Courts in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday and were granted R5000 bail each.
In 2008 the Hawks intensified investigations aimed at stopping Eastern Cape drug syndicates. This led to police seizing stolen jewellery, luxury men’s watches, sunglasses, video cameras, and laptops.
“Police managed to link the stolen items to six armed robberies that occurred at exclusive jewellery stores and house robberies in Port Elizabeth.
“The syndicate’s alleged leader, Shaun Ah-Shene managed to evade arrest for years since he never directly involved himself with the crimes.”
The couple were arrested after they were summonsed to the Hawks offices in Port Elizabeth. They were expected to appear in court again on February 27.
Acting head of the Hawks, Major General Mthandazo Ntlemeza, praised Hawks members for the arrests.