Firearms confiscated

2016-05-25 06:00
CAPT. DAVID SCHEEPERS with one of the recovered firearms and ammunition . Photo: Supplied

CAPT. DAVID SCHEEPERS with one of the recovered firearms and ammunition . Photo: Supplied

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VIGILANT members of the Parkroad Police have won another victory in the tough battle to root out illegal firearms by arresting three Lesotho nationals and two South Africans on firearm-related charges.

The armed men were busted at separate locations in Bloemfontein. The police confiscated four illegal firearms.

Of the five male suspects, four are between 33 and 37 years old, while the fifth is 52 years old.

Capt. Chaka Marope, Parkroad Police spokesperson, said the suspects were linked to a foiled armed robbery at a business in the vicinity of Bainsvlei on 21 April.

Marope said ammunition had also been seized during the arrest of the five suspects thanks to information from insiders.

The 52-year-old man was arrested at his house in Universitas on Wednesday, 18 May.

“Acting on information, the members of the Parkweg Tracking Team followed up information about a group of robbers who were planning to rob a business premises in Bainsvlei. During a routine patrol in the Bloemfontein CBD, the police identified the vehicle of the suspects and forced it to pull over on the corner of Melville and Nelson Mandela Drive in the Brandwag area,” Marope said.

During an immediate search, two loaded firearms were discovered hidden under the back seat of the vehicle and were confiscated.

Marope said during the arrest of the 52-year-old man, a Lesotho national, two guns, with serial numbers removed, had been retrieved outside his house from a plastic bucket hidden at the back of the building.

The firearms found were loaded with nine and 17 rounds respectively.

Marope said further investigations were underway to trace the lawful owners and to establish any usage of the firearms in other serious and violent crimes in and around Bloemfontein.

He said the suspects would appear in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court facing charges of the illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.

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