Inanda police robbed of 98 guns

2010-05-26 00:00

A PROVINCIAL police task team has been set up to investigate the disappearance of 98 firearms, including an AK47 rifle, from the Inanda police station, which police fear have been sold to criminals.

While records show that 98 firearms were stored in the station’s safe, it is believed that the number could be higher.

Police swooped on the homes of a warrant officer and an administration clerk from the Inanda police station on Monday night. Another two suspects were arrested yesterday in connection with the missing guns.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Phindile Radebe said provincial police commissioner Mmamonye Ngobeni received information that the two suspects were allegedly involved in the theft. “The commissioner immediately set up a task team who tracked down the suspects. We are concerned that the firearms were sold to criminals,” she said.

“We believe that more people are involved with the missing firearms. The task team is working around the clock to find these suspects. All the missing firearms also need to be traced. We believe that most of them are in the community,” she said.

Radebe said that while records show that 98 firearms were stored in the safe, there was talk that this number could be higher.

“A variety of guns were stored in that safe. There could have been more than 98 guns there. We will be confirming this once investigations have been completed. We are worried that an AK47 was also taken,” she said.

Radebe said the two of the suspects are expected to appear in the Verulam Magistrate’s Court today.

In February 2009, armed robbers made off with 15 police service pistols after they attacked and robbed police officers at a satellite police station on the Durban beachfront.

Two suspects entered the SAPF/Metro Police joint operations centre (JOC) and confron­ted the two police members.

Armed robbers also swooped on Swartberg police station last year and made off with seven rifles and pistols while there was only one policeman on duty.

Anyone with information about the missing guns is urged to contact their nearest police station.

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