Cops find siren, guns

2008-10-10 12:07

Johannesburg - Two men, aged 29 and 37, were arrested for possession of two unlicensed firearms and a police siren in Parktown, Johannesburg, police said on Friday.

Captain Bhekizizwe Mavundla said police on crime prevention patrol tried to flag down a white Nissan Hardbody driving down Empire road on Thursday night, but instead, the bakkie driver sped off.

Police gave chase and brought it to a halt on the corner of Empire road and Joubert Street.

The two men were searched and found in possession of a 9mm Norinco pistol with 13 rounds of live ammunition that had been reported stolen in Brixton.

A second Pietro Beretta 9mm pistol with 7 rounds of live ammunition and with the serial number removed was also found.

A police siren, connected to a car battery, was found in the men's possession. Police believed the siren could have been used in hijackings where the men pretended to be police officers on duty.

They were arrested and police were investigating possible links to car hijacking syndicates.

Both firearms would be sent for ballistic tests.

Police were also investigating how the men acquired a police siren.

The vehicle belonged to someone known to the two men and police were investigating the likely intention of borrowing the vehicle.

The two men would appear before the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Monday on charges of possession of unlicensed firearms, ammunition and police equipment, said Mavundla.