Police arrest more than 154 suspects on various crimes

2017-12-21 06:00
Three men driving in this VW Polo were arrested for the illegal possession of a Norinco pistol (insert).             Photo:SUPPLIED

Three men driving in this VW Polo were arrested for the illegal possession of a Norinco pistol (insert). Photo:SUPPLIED

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Police officials in the Uitenhage Cluster have intensified crime prevention operations which include roadblocks and the tracing of suspects on warrants of arrest.

“The continuous seizure and confiscation of firearms remains a priority and police members will continue with their actions to rid communities of crime generators such as drugs,” said Captain Gerda Swart from the Uitenhage Cluster.

A roadblock was conducted last week in the vicinity of Addo and the police arrested three males (ages between 29 and 34 years) for the illegal possession of a Norinco pistol and ammunition after searching their black VW Polo.

“The three suspects appeared in the Kirkwood Magistrate’s Court last Monday. The firearm and ammunition were confiscated and will be sent for ballistic testing,” said Captain Swart.

Last Saturday a 46-year-old male was arrested in Melbrooks Avenue, Uitenhage, after 62g tik (street value of R6 200), 3g cocaine (street value of R1 300) and R4 840 cash was found in his possession. The man appeared in the Uitenhage Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

“In line with our Back to Basics approach to policing, police officials in the Uitenhage Cluster continued with their disruptive operations and arrested more than 154 suspects for various crimes ranging from attempted murder, housebreaking and theft to drug and liquor related crimes and 13 persons were arrested for driving under the influence of liquor,” said Captain Swart.

The South African Police Service also request the community to put extra safety measures in place, owing to the fact that during this period there is an increased movement of large amounts of money, like individuals receiving their bonuses and stokvel associations withdrawing large savings that will be paid out.

The acting Uitenhage Cluster Commander, Brigadier Ronald Koll emphasised that: “Police visibility will be enhanced during this period and SAPS will conduct random stop-and-search operations and intelligence-driven operations to effectively deal with crime generators to ensure that our communities are rid of all criminal elements”.

  • Contact Crime Stop 08600 10111 or Crime Line SMS 32211 with information.

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