‘Gangster’ nabbed after tip-off

2018-04-03 06:00
Firearm found in Lavender Hill after a tip-off.

Firearm found in Lavender Hill after a tip-off.

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Steenberg police officers are continuing with their efforts to remove illegal firearms and drugs from their communities and to bring perpetrators to justice.

Officers recently followed up on information they had received and conducted a search at a house at Urfield Road, Lavender Hill.

While officers were patrolling in Lavender Hill on Wednesday 28 March at 03:30, they were stopped by an unknown man who informed them that he had seen a person with a firearm entering a house in Urfield Road.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer John Bartlett says the officers went to the address and searched the premises. “In a bungalow at the back of the house they found a black bag containing 80 whole Mandrax tablets wrapped in foil. In the same bag they found another smaller bag containing a 9mm Petro Beretta pistol with an extended magazine and 32 rounds of 9mm ammunition. The serial number of the pistol had been filed off. A case of possession of a firearm without a licence, possession of a prohibited firearm, illegal possession of ammunition and possession of Mandrax was registered for investigation,” he says.

A 31-year-old suspect was arrested and is due to appear in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court once charged.

In an unrelated matter, on Tuesday 27 March at about 06:40, the sector managers of Steenberg were patrolling in the Lavender Hill area when they received information about two men robbing people at gunpoint on the corner of St Simon and St Christopher streets, Lavender Hill.

“On their arrival they observed the men and, upon seeing the marked police vehicle, one suspect gave a firearm to the other. The latter in turn threw the firearm on the ground and they both walked away. The officers picked up the firearm and found it to be an imitation firearm. The men were both arrested for possession of an imitation firearm. In most cases gang members and thieves use these imitation firearms to rob people of their belongings, as it is difficult to distinguish between a real and an imitation firearm. The community is requested not to approach anyone carrying a firearm, as a life is worth much more than property,” he says.

Steenberg says in view of the current gang violence that is rife in the Steenberg area, the arrests of the two “self-confessed gang members”, aged 18 and 24, benefits the community members who are living in fear of gang activity.

He says the cooperation of the public in providing this information assisted the police in removing yet another illegal firearm and its ammunition and also drugs from the streets.

V Anyone with information on illegal activities in the Steenberg area is requested to contact Steenberg police on 021 702 9000 or Crime Stop on 0860 010 111.


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