Stolen police firearms recovered, four suspects arrested

South African Police Service

Stolen police firearms recovered, four suspects arrested
Stolen police firearms recovered, four suspects arrested

An intelligence driven operation by the SAPS Trio Task Team from Ekurhuleni East, led to the arrest of four suspects in Kwa-Thema and Tsakane, three males aged 24, 35 and 37, and a 29 year old female. The suspects were found in possession of a shotgun and an R5 rifle with ammunition.

On 14 February 2019, police foiled a possible robbery at a chainstore in Tsakane, and recovered two firearms (pistols) later reported to have been robbed from two police officers the previous day. It is reported that a R5 rifle had also been taken during that robbery.

A week post his redeployment to Gauteng as Provincial Commissioner of police, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela on 15 February 2019 called for a priority investigation towards the recovery of the remaining R5 rifle.

Information led police to Kwa-Thema where the first suspect was arrested and a shot gun recovered, which has been confirmed as also having been taken during a business robbery on 9 February 2019, in Kwa-Thema. Further investigation led police to Tsakane where police arrested two male suspects and one female suspect. Police recovered an unloaded R5 that has since been confirmed as the one being sought, and ammunition.

Further investigations will be conducted by police to determine whether the arrested suspects are linked to the robberies on 9 and 13 February 2019; and for possible linkage to other serious and violent crimes in Ekurhuleni and surrounding areas.

Police will not rest until serious and violent crimes become a thing of the past. This starts with removing illegal firearms from the wrong hands, thus sparing the lives of innocent law abiding residents and visitors of the Province.

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SOURCESouth African Police Service