Police still seeking armed robber

2017-02-21 06:00
A 34-year-old Kewtown man was arrested when police found a parcel of dagga, 209 bankies of tik, eight stoppe of dagga, five tablets of mandrax and 12 half tablets of mandrax in his possession.

A 34-year-old Kewtown man was arrested when police found a parcel of dagga, 209 bankies of tik, eight stoppe of dagga, five tablets of mandrax and 12 half tablets of mandrax in his possession.

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Police have arrested four suspects for various crimes in Athlone over the last week, and are on the lookout for an armed robber linked to a crime where the victim was robbed in her Uber taxi.

A case of armed robbery has been opened for investigation after a 26-year-old woman and her friend fell victim to a crime in the late hours of last Saturday morning.

“At 23:26 in Belgravia Road, a 26-year-old woman was dropping friends with an Uber taxi when one of them went to fetch money inside the house, while the complainant and another person were waiting in the vehicle. When the man came back to the vehicle, he was told that there was nobody in the house. He then took out a firearm and pointed it at the woman. He took their money and a Samsung S5 before fleeing on foot. The items are valued at R2400,” states Athlone police spokesperson Sergeant Zita Norman.

Also last Saturday, during the last event of the minstrels at Athlone Stadium, information led police to seizure of an illegal firearm as well as the arrest of a well-known ­suspect.

“A complainant pointed out a man wearing a cream hoodie and blue track pants. Officers reacted to the information and told the man that he was going to be searched. The suspect gave permission to be searched,” says Norman.

Officers recovered a Walther P38 9mm pistol with one magazine and seven rounds.

“The serial number was filed off and the suspect could not provide a licence to possess the firearm and was arrested for being in possession of an illegal firearm and ammunition. A well-known suspect, Leroy Swartz, was arrested. He has been in our system before. He was not wanted for any other crime, but he was detained by Detective Keith Poggenpoel. He was profiled and the firearm will be sent for ballistic analysis. The accused went to court on Monday,” says Norman.

A murder also took place at Athlone Stadium in the early hours of Sunday morning. The victim was a 26-year-old man, the suspects are unknown.

Police reports state the victim was stabbed and taken to Groote Schuur Hospital for treatment where he died as a result of his injuries. No witnesses have come forward and police are appealing to the community to come forward to provide information relating to this crime.

In drug-related crimes in the precinct over the last week, a 34-year-old Kewtown man was arrested last Friday for the illegal possession of drugs.

“Warrant Officer Ashley Fritz was doing patrols within the area (sector 1). He did the routine stop and search of a 34-year-old man and found one parcel of dagga, 209 bankies of tik, eight stoppe of dagga, five tablets of mandrax and 12 half tablets of mandrax on him,” says Norman.

The man was arrested and appeared in the Athlone Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday on charges on the illegal possession of drugs.

“He will be reappearing because the drugs will be going to the lab for the necessary tests which normally takes between two to three months to come back from the lab, therefore they have not set a date as yet,” she adds.

On Tuesday, a man in his late 20’s had 242 tablets of mandrax on him as well as three half mandrax tablets were found in Third Avenue in Belgravia Estate.

“Officers have been very vigilant during stop and searches and it shows that there was a lot of ‘love’ to be given on Valentine’s Day,” Norman concludes.

Two firearms were also discovered in Ninth Avenue in Bokmakierie.

“You must consider the gang violence which has taken place in the area and this has been a very good arrest for the police. We discovered a Taurus firearm with one magazine, 12 rounds as well as a Star pistol with one magazine with eight rounds which was discovered on Tuesday during a stop and search in Bokmakierie. A 35-year-old man from the area was arrested has appeared in the Athlone Magistrate’s Court on Thursday on a charge of illegal possession of firearms and ammunition,” concludes Norman.

Police are also investigating the murder of a 34-year-old man in 14th Avenue in Bokmakierie. The man had been taken to Groote Schuur Hospital by his neighbour when police arrived on the scene. However, the man had already succumbed to his injuries as a result of the gunshot wound to his chest. While no suspects have been arrested, a docket of murder has been opened for ­investigation.

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