Give criminals a hard time - police

2015-04-27 12:00
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Johannesburg - The community's strong support of police operations goes a long way in disarming gangs who use illegal firearms to attack police officers and commit armed robberies, Gauteng police said on Monday.

"Police are calling upon members of the community to give criminals a hard time especially gangs who are brandishing high calibre firearms during armed robberies and attacks on police officers.

“Any information that may lead to the recovery of these firearms including assault rifles and shotguns will be rewarded," spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said in a statement.

"Although police are continuously disarming criminal gangs and recover these weapons, there are still many illegal firearms hidden out there and someone knows about them."

Reward

Gauteng deputy police commissioner for detective services Major General Vincent Leshabane called on communities to get behind police operations.

"We will be more than willing to reward any information that may lead to the recovery of these firearms that are used to terrorise our communities," he said.

On Friday, police arrested nine people in Yeoville for allegedly robbing a cellphone shop in Heidelberg earlier that day.

Lieutenant Kay Makhubela said at the time that the men were tracked from Heidelberg to Johannesburg, and were allegedly found in possession of two bags full of cellphones.

"We found them with the stolen cellphones... and we also found them in possession of seven unlicensed firearms - five pistols and two AK-47s," he said.

Police were investigating whether the group was connected to other cellphone shop robberies in the province.

The men are expected to appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court tomorrow.

ATM bombers

 This followed the arrest of two other men, believed to be part of a gang of ATM bombers, in Atteridgeville, west of Pretoria.

Dlamini said at the time the two men were allegedly found in possession of three rifles, more than 100 rounds of ammunition and five pistols on Wednesday night.

A total of R62 000 in cash, a two-way radio, balaclavas and hand gloves were also recovered.

"Four other gang members are still at large. These gang members have been linked to several ATM bombings in Limpopo and Gauteng," he said.

One of the men was believed to be a member of the SA National Defence Force.

On Tuesday, a man was arrested in Actonville, east of Johannesburg, for being in possession of a rifle, ammunition and a police blue light.

Dlamini on Monday said several cases against the gang members had been identified and would be centralised.

"Two of the suspects have also been linked to an armed robbery at Park Station where a police officer was killed early in the morning in March," he said.

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