Gauteng tracking teams: 24 arrests, 17 firearms recovered, 4 robbers killed

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Gauteng tracking teams: 24 arrests, 17 firearms recovered, 4 robbers killed
Gauteng tracking teams: 24 arrests, 17 firearms recovered, 4 robbers killed

Whenever their lives are in danger, police will not hesitate to fight back and defend themselves and members of the community.

Seventeen firearms, twenty four suspects including four who died in ensuing shootouts are the successes of the specialised tracking teams and police on routine patrols chasing criminals in Gauteng for this first week of February 2019.

This is a clear message to criminals brandishing firearms to terrorise the communities that the arm of the law is too long to bring perpetrators to justice. Police are appealing to members of the community to isolate these criminals by reporting any suspicious people and vehicles to Crime Stop at 08600 10111, police emergency number 10111 or the nearest police station. Information that may lead to the arrest of criminals involved in serious and violent crimes may be rewarded.

Two of the arrested suspects were posing as members of the police in Johannesburg Central. When police confronted them and searched their vehicle, they were both found in possession of 9mm pistols hanging on the side of their trousers. Further investigations are continuing as these suspects might be committing crimes and behaving in a manner that portrays police as being corrupt as well as committing serious and violent crimes including business robberies.

In Parkview and Kempton Park, the tracking teams followed information that lead to the arrest of three suspects that had committed a business robbery. Three firearms, balaclavas and gloves were seized. Some of the firearms that were removed from the criminals in Hercules, Thembisa, Midrand and Bramley include 9mm pistols, shotgun and .22 rifles.

Inquests dockets have also been opened for those armed criminals who were fatally shot during ensuing shoot-outs as they were trying to escape from the police. No police officers lost their lives but the criminal gangs suffered.

One of the suspected house robber was also shot and killed by the house owner in Bryanston.

Whenever their lives are in danger, police will not hesitate to fight back and defend themselves and members of the community.

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