2 Unlicensed firearms, stolen vehicle recovered, Butterworth

South African Police Service

2 Unlicensed firearms, stolen vehicle recovered, Butterworth
2 Unlicensed firearms, stolen vehicle recovered, Butterworth

Follow up information led to the recovery of unlicensed firearms and stolen vehicle and three suspects aged between 25 and 35 years were arrested on the night of 18 July 2021, at Butterworth.

The arrest comes after Dutywa Police and Queenstown Vehicle Crime Investigation Unit (VCIU) swiftly responded to the information they received about a suspicious Toyota Corolla with occupants that had firearms. The vehicle was driving towards Butterworth and police spotted the vehicle near Mazeppa Bay on N2 and the occupants were commanded by police to get out of the vehicle.

They searched the vehicle and it was discovered that the vehicle had false identification numbers and upon investigation it was found out that the vehicle was stolen in Mount Ayliff in January 2018.

Upon searching the vehicle Police recovered two unlicensed firearms (9mm pistol) and a magazine with ten (10) live ammunition. They were charged for possession of unlicensed firearms, magazine with ammunition and possession of stolen vehicle.

The Acting Amathole District Commissioner Brigadier Ngangema Xakavu applauded the members for ensuring that when information is shared they swiftly follow it up and ensure that recovery is done and suspects are arrested. At least we (SAPS) have saved a life or any criminal activities that was going to occur by confiscating those unlicensed firearms, said Brigadier Xakavu

The trio is due to appear at Butterworth Magistrate court soon.

SAPS Newsroom

SOURCESouth African Police Service