Illegal firearms and hijacked vehicles recovered in TRT operations

By Lukhangele Mayende

Various efforts to fight proliferation of illegal weapons and fighting trio crimes like murder, hijack and business robbery were rewarded when two hijacked vehicles were recovered, three illegal weapons and two suspects arrested.

Tactical Response Team deployed at Bityi1 arrested a 26 years old male suspect at Masameni A/A in Ngqeleni on April 20.  

The arrest followed after police received a tipoff and responded to an information about a man randomly shooting in the air whilst attending a funeral at KwaZulu location in Ngqeleni.

Upon arrival a person fitting description of suspect, saw the police he ran away. He was chased, apprehended and searched.  A 9 mm pistol was found on his waist. The male suspect aged 26 failed to produce a licence for his firearm.

A case docket for unlawful possession of unlicensed and prohibited firearm was opened and one 9mm pistol, with serial erased and extended 9mm magazine were recovered.

The suspect to is expected to appear at Ngqeleni magistrates court soon.

Meanwhile a hijacked vehicle was also recovered after it was used in a business robbery that occurred at Engen Garage Elliot on April 20.

Reports say that a group of about 12 males armed with rifles and pistols entered at a retail shop in same building as Engen.  Five of them entered the shop and demanded money from the cashier.  They forcefully took the safe with an undisclosed amount of cash.  Meanwhile, the rest of them were busy next door to the Engen shop using a bakkie reported as hijacked from a local man in Elliot CBD and a silver Polo to escape.

Team Ngcobo proceeded to the direction of Maclear for a chase as it was reported the robbers took that direction. Where they found bakkie and vehicle abandoned with bonnet and left front door widely opened.  No arrests have been made. 

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