KZN’s most wanted criminals held in operations

2016-09-19 09:38
KZN police have arrested 18 of the province's most wanted prisoners.

KZN police have arrested 18 of the province's most wanted prisoners. (File)

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KwaZulu-Natal police have arrested 18 of the province’s most wanted criminals.

The suspects were arrested in several areas during separate police operations between Friday and Saturday and will appear in various magistrate’s courts on Monday.

Umzinyathi Cluster Crime Intelligence, Kranskop detectives and Maphumulo police embarked on a 12-hour operation in the Maphumulo area tracing wanted suspects.

Three suspects aged between 24 and 27 were arrested for housebreakings, hijackings, stock theft and murder committed in the Kranskop, Maphumulo and KwaDukuza areas.

During the arrests, two were found in possession of two unlicensed pistols with ammunition.

The KZN Provincial Tracking Team, meanwhile, followed information about a suspect wanted for house robbery and hijacking in the Empangeni area.

“The members went to Chesterville area outside Durban [on Friday] where they saw a suspicious-looking vehicle with two occupants. The vehicle was stopped and searched,” said provincial police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane.

He said the black Toyota Run X had been hijacked in the Empangeni area earlier this month.

The occupants were arrested and charged for possession of a suspected stolen vehicle. One of them was linked to at least six business robberies and house robberies that were committed in the Cato Manor, Montclair, Wentworth, Emanguzi and Mayville areas.

“It also appeared that there were four other business robbery cases and possession of unlicensed firearm cases which are still pending at court. The same suspect was positively linked to other robberies at some petrol stations and supermarkets,” Zwane said.

The Inanda Cluster trio task team arrested eight suspects after they were found in possession of suspected stolen vehicles.

“Four stolen vehicles, that were hijacked at Westville and Greenwood Park area, were found in their possession. Eight cellphones and one laptop were recovered during the operation,” Zwane said.

In a separate operation the Umlazi Tactical Response Team arrested five suspects linked to a business robbery at Isipingo on Friday. After spotting the suspects in their getaway vehicle, police succeeded in arresting all five and recovered five unlicenced firearms.

KZN acting provincial commissioner Major-General Bhekinkosi Langa praised the various units involved.

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