Teenager arrested for illegal firearm

2016-08-23 06:00
Three firearms were taken off Grassy Park streets during last week with the youngest arrested suspect just 17 years old.

Three firearms were taken off Grassy Park streets during last week with the youngest arrested suspect just 17 years old.

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Three firearms have been taken off the streets by Grassy Park police in the past week.

Criminals felt the brunt of the law as police swept their streets clean of illegal firearms and three arrests were made.

Grassy Park police spokesperson Warrant Officer Wynita Kleinsmith says on Thursday 18 August at about 15:00 Grassy Park sector manager Sergeant Alridge Isaacs received information of a firearm kept at a residence in Duiker Avenue, Lotus River. “On arrival, officers searched and found the firearm, a Smith & Wesson with its serial number filed off, and four .38 special rounds, under the carport of the residence. A 26-year-old man was arrested on charges of possession of an unlicensed firearm, possession of ammunition and possession of a prohibited firearm,” Kleinsmith confirms.

On Monday 16 August another suspect was arrested for the possession of a firearm. The 17-year-old was apprehended at about 16:45 when police officers were doing crime prevention patrols in Lake Road, Grassy Park. “Officers noticed a man acting suspiciously when he saw the marked police vehicle. Officers pursued the man and upon searching him they found a 7.65 pistol with one magazine without ammunition and also no serial number,” she says.

The suspect was arrested on charges of possession of an unlicensed firearm and possession of a prohibited firearm.

In another incident on Monday 15 August at about 13:00 officers of the national Intervention Unit received information on the whereabouts of firearms in Lotus River.

“When arriving at the address in 6th Avenue, Lotus River – a well-known outlet where drugs are sold – the officers saw a man throwing something. When searching where the man threw the item, they found a .357 Astra 9mm firearm with five rounds. The serial number was tested but was not registered on the firearm system,” says Kleinsmith.

A suspect, aged 42, and affiliated to a gang in Lotus River, was arrested on charges of possession of an unlicensed firearm and possession of ammunition.

The station commander, Colonel Shawn van Wyk, thanked the officers for a job well done and the law-abiding citizens of the community are thanked for their contribution in the fight against crime.

V Anyone with information on crime can call the police on 021 700 3940 or CrimeStop at 08600 10111. All information will be treated as highly confidential.

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