Police, security firm track down suspected burglars

2016-06-07 10:28
An arrest by Magma Security and Richmond police at the weekend resulted in the recovery of seven firearms and a laptop.

An arrest by Magma Security and Richmond police at the weekend resulted in the recovery of seven firearms and a laptop. (Supplied)

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Pietermaritzburg - A joint operation between Richmond police and Magma Security saw the arrest of six men believed to have been involved in several farm burglaries in the Richmond area.

Magma Security manager Shaheen Suleiman said his team, with the Richmond police, began tracking the suspects on May 24.

Sulieman said it was believed that the gang had been involved in several burglaries around Richmond where guns and safes had been stolen over the past four months.

He said Richmond police and Magma found two of the suspects in Richmond and recovered three high-powered air rifles and a shotgun.

“We received information that another suspect had fled to Johannesburg. We traced him to Johannesburg and back to Umlazi where he was arrested on Friday night.”

Suleiman said the remaining three suspects were tracked to Richmond where they were arrested and found with two rifles and a shotgun.

He said a laptop was also recovered.

KZN police spokesperson Nqobile Gwala said yesterday that a joint operation by Richmond police, Umgungundlovu South Task Team, Magma Security and Viva Security was planned and executed between May 27 and June 4.

“Six suspects between the ages of 25 and 35 were arrested. Eight rifles including a shotgun were recovered in their possession with an assortment of 467 live rounds of ammunition,” she said.

“Suspects are in police custody with one of the men suspected to be linked to a housebreaking incident that occurred in business premises where chainsaws were stolen,” she said.

Sulieman said police and the Magma security team worked hard in tracking down the suspects, executing the arrest and recovering the weapons.

“We are happy that the guns are now off the street and cannot be used to harm any members of the public,” said Sulieman.

• chelsea.pieterse@witness.co.za

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