7 held in string of gun-blazing car chases

2015-07-24 09:29

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THE province was engulfed in a string of high-speed Wild West-style chases over the past two days, with numerous reports of gun-blazing car chases.

On Wednesday, Pietermaritzburg flying squad members came face to face with an elusive gang of burglars responsible for a string of nine residential burglaries in the Nottingham Road area over the past two weeks.

After the gang, who had evaded police for months on end, were spotted leaving a home they had just burgled, the number plate on their vehicle was circulated by police units.

As they barrelled down the N3 towards Pietermaritzburg, members of the flying squad who were parked on the highway gave chase.

At break-neck speeds, the police chased the gang all the way to Ashburton were they were eventually apprehended.

The gang of three men are accused of breaking into two properties on that day and their loot of television sets, laptops and jewellery was recovered.

Another showdown between ­police officers and house robbers ended in a car chase and a dramatic exchange of gunfire in Pinetown ­yesterday morning. Two men were arrested, while two of their alleged accomplices remained on the run.

Before sunrise, members of the K9 unit responded to a house robbery near Henwood Road in Pinetown.
Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said that four men had stormed the home, robbing the owners of computer equipment.

Police responding to the incident confronted the suspects on the M19 highway near Pinetown and the suspects opened fire on police.

Officers retaliated and during the chase the suspects lost control of their vehicle and crashed.

“They fled into the bushes and police, with their dogs, pursued them. Two had sustained gunshot wounds and were apprehended by police and stolen items and housebreaking equipment was recovered when searching the area,” Naicker said.

On Wednesday, another high-speed chase led to the arrest of two men who attacked police while on patrol in KwaMakhuta.

The gun battle and pursuit came as members of the police’s Brighton Beach Task Team and KwaMakhutha SAPS approached a vehicle while on patrol.

Naicker said the officers had spotted a car with five men in it.

When the suspects spotted police they opened fire and fled.

Police chased the vehicle and returned fire.

“The suspects lost control of their vehicle and crashed into a house. Three suspects fled the scene, whilst two were apprehended. A 9mm pistol and five cellphones were found in the suspects’ possession,” he added.

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