Police nab suspected robbers and thieves

2015-12-10 06:00

A group of 21 year olds have been arrested after being caught driving a stolen vehicles and with unlicensed firearms.

The men were arrested in Dyokoni Street, Brown’s Farm after they were spotted by police behaving suspiciously.

“Members of the Flying Squad were on patrol when they noticed a Ford Laser driving in front of them with four men who looked suspicious. The members first traced the vehicle and found out that it had been reported stolen in Nyanga earlier this month,” said Nyanga police spokesperson Captain Ntomboxolo Sitshitshi.

After searching the vehicle and its occupants, an alert officer spotted a firearm in the backseat.

“Another firearm was found hidden underneath the driver’s seat. Both firearms are Baby Browns.

The four 21 year old suspects were immediately arrested and detained in Nyanga. Two suspects are from Gugulethu and the others from Samora Machel,” said Sitshitshi.

They will appear in Athlone Magistrate Court for the possession of a stolen motor vehicle and unlicensed firearms and ammunition.

. Another suspect from Betshume Street in Heinz Park was arrested for being in possession of an unlicensed firearm.

“This was after the suspect was found hiding inside a toilet and the community members caught him and called the police,” said Sitshitshi.

These arrests were part of the more than 400 conducted in the Nyanga cluster policing precinct this week.

According to Sitshitshi, the arrests were made during various operations undertaken in Bishop Lavis, Elsies River, Gugulethu, Manenberg, Nyanga and Philippi East.

“We searched 95 drug house and arrested 137 suspects. This was also as a result of stop and searches. 50 shebeen operations were conducted which led to 114 people arrested for dealing in liquor without licences and 1426.46 litres of liquor confiscated,” said Sitshitshi.

Tracing operations resulted in the arrest of 65 wanted suspects and 55 suspects were arrested for crime against women and children.

“Six stolen vehicles were recovered in Bishop Lavis, Gugulethu, Manenberg and Philippi East. 883 visits were conducted at spaza shops.

Some suspects were apprehended for cases ranging from murder, assault GBH, attempted murders, robbery and other various cases,” she added. Police also confiscated 11g of heroine, 132 units of tik,146.75 mandrax tablets,146 342g of dagga as well as khat and cocaine. “All in all ten firearms were also confiscated and twelve suspects apprehended for possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition. Three firearms were confiscated in Nyanga, two each in Bishop Lavis and Elsies River and one in Manenberg,” said Sitshitshi.

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