An intelligence driven operation on Friday, 22 November 2019, by Mahikeng Flying Squad, Lichtenburg Visible Policing and Organised Crime Unit led to the arrest of three suspects between the ages of 18 and 35 in Lichtenburg for illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.
According to information available at this stage, the arrest emanated from intelligence received that the suspects were conspiring to commit a house robbery at one of the farms in Coligny.
It is alleged that a car chase ensued after the suspects’ vehicle was spotted on the Biesiesvlei road. As a result, three suspects were ultimately cornered and searched together with their vehicle. Although nothing was found, the suspects consequently took the police to a place in Blydeville outside Lichtenburg where three hunting rifles, one pistol, one pistol magazine and 44 rounds of ammunition were discovered inside a shack.
The fourth suspect aged 18, was arrested in the premises for illegal possession of ammunition. That was after 53 rounds of ammunition were found hidden beneath his bed.
Preliminary investigation into the matter revealed that the firearms were reportedly stolen during a house robbery in July this year at a farm in Bospoort.
The suspects are expected to appear in the Lichtenburg Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 25 November 2019.
The Provincial Commissioner of North West, Lieutenant General Baile Motswenyane applauded the police and members of the community for their collaboration which resulted in the success. She said further that removing of firearms from the wrong hands will contribute in reducing serious and violent crimes committed during festive season.
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