Seven suspects arrested by Johannesburg North Cluster

Members of Johannesburg North Cluster Crime Intelligence and the Johannesburg Flying Squad arrested seven suspects at about 9 am on February 2 on Backer Street in Clayville West, Olifantsfontein, for possession of firearms, ammunition and a hijacked motor vehicle.

According to Norkem Park SAPS standby duty officer Captain Lesibana Molokomme, the arrests were an intelligence-driven operation.

“The suspects were followed from Tembisa to Olifantsfontein. The members acted very fast and managed to corner all seven suspects in one room. When the police searched the suspects and the room, they recovered three 9mm pistols. The firearms had been reported stolen by Benoni SAPS during the month of February 2017. They also recovered 31 rounds of live ammunition,” said Captain Molokomme.

He added that four cars were recovered on the scene: two Mercedes Benz, a BMW and an Audio A3.

“Upon further investigation, it was found that the Audi had been taken from the owner at gunpoint and reported at Lyttleton SAPS during the month of December 2017. Other cars will be up for further investigation. The arrested suspects include a female aged 26 and male suspects aged between 26 and 38. On the scene several car registration number plates were also recovered,” explained Molokomme.

Captain Molokomme said that during the profiling of the suspects, it was discovered that some still have pending cases against them of armed robberies and bank followings in Gauteng.

“All seven suspects will appear at Tembisa Magistrate’s Court soon to face charges of possession of unlicensed firearms, ammunition and hijacked motor vehicles,” said Molokomme.


Malebo Tseke

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