Two suspects aged 35 and 40 are expected to make their first appearance in the Vereeniging Magistrates Court on Monday, 18 January 2021 on charges of possession of hijacked vehicles, possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.
This comes as a result of a multi-disciplinary takedown operation in response to a hijacking and kidnapping that happened on Monday, 11 January 2021 where a driver was allegedly kept hostage and released a few hours later by the suspects.
The intelligence-driven operation on Thursday, 14 January 2021 led the team to a house in Sharpeville where police found the sought Mercedes Benz GLC SUV plus a Mercedes Benz sedan that has since been confirmed as sought by police in a case reported at Dawn Park SAPS in December 2020.
A search of the vehicles and the premises led to the discovery of a total of 10 firearms, plus seven magazines, over 180 ammunition of different firearms, explosives, signal jammer, and housebreaking implements.
Police subsequently arrested the two suspects found on the crime scene.
Further investigations are underway to determine possible linkage of the suspects and the firearms to other violent crimes in the Province. Therefore the possibility of more charges emerging during the investigation cannot be ruled out.
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