Three deny gun next to them

2015-07-21 06:00

Three men were arrested on Monday last week when they did not want to own up to whose unlicensed firearm the police found.

The men were arrested in a wendy house in Ottery, says Lansdowne police spokesperson Sergeant Nkululeko Mnyaka.

“Three men, aged 31, 38 and 54, were arrested for the possession of an unlicensed firearm. After receiving a tip-off Warrant Officer Gregory Grey and the Cape Town K9 unit went to conduct a search in the wendy house in a backyard in Becott Road,” he says.

Next to bedHe adds one suspect was arrested in the house. “One suspect, the owner, was inside in the house when the officer arrived and the other two were standing outside. After being granted permission [to search the home], a .38 special firearm was found next to the bed on the ground. No-one wanted to account for the firearm, not even the owner of the wendy house,” Mnyaka says.

Mnyaka adds the local criminal record centre was on the scene to check and collect the firearm.

“It was found that the firearm was stolen during a house break-in in Gauteng,” Mnyaka explains.

The suspects were arrested on charges of possession of an unlicensed firearm and appeared in court on Wednesday last week.

Nabbed in stolen carIn a separate incident another three suspects were arrested for the possession of stolen property after they were found with a stolen car on the corner of Blanken and Waterloo roads.

“On Sunday 12 July at 06:47 Kenwyn residents spotted a red Toyota Conquest with three occupants, two men and a woman. The vehicle had no licence disc. The Lansdowne police went to the scene and checked the vehicle and it was discovered that the vehicle had been stolen in the Muizenberg area,” Mnyaka says.

Mnyaka adds that one resident explained the suspects were attempting to steal another car at a mosque.

The two men, aged 21 and 25, and the woman, aged 23, were arrested and will face charges of possession of stolen property and attempted theft of a car.

He adds they appeared in court on the Tuesday after being arrested.

“The stolen vehicle was taken to Bellville South for fingerprints.

Station commander Colonel Jan Alexander applauds the members of the community for being spot-on to ensure that their community is safe. He also encourages them to participate in policing activities, aiding to fight crime and criminal activities in their respective areas,” Mnyaka says.

MurderIn another incident, Mnyaka says, a 32-year-old man was found shot and killed in Muller Road at Aylesbury Place, Lansdowne on Sunday 12 July at 20:10.

“The Lansdowne police were called to a shooting incident. According to the eyewitness the deceased was chased by two unknown suspects shooting at him and running up the stairs of flats. After he fell down the suspects ran away towards Becott Road and climbed into a white vehicle and fled the scene in the direction of Ottery,” he says.

Mnyaka confirms about 20 cartridges were found on the scene and a case of murder was opened for investigation. No arrests have been made at this stage and the motive behind the killing is unknown.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Lansdowne police on 021 700 9000 or 082 576 2804. Anonymity for information given is guaranteed.

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