126 Arrests made by SAPS North Cluster

Ekurhuleni North Cluster SAPS members were involved in operations at their different stations at the end of April and they managed to arrest 126 suspects for crimes committed in their policing precinct.

Captain Manyadza Ralidzhivha said the suspects were arrested for crimes ranging from driving under the influence of alcohol to possession of an illigal firearm and ammunition.

“In one incident, a 39-year-old man was spotted by police driving recklessly in Ivory Park.

“The police gave chase until the suspect hit a rock.

“On searching the vehicle they found a R5 rifle with two magazines which were loaded with 68 live rounds of ammunition and a jamming device. The Mercedes Benz he was driving was also suspected to be stolen,” said Ralidzhivha.

According to Ralidzhivha, a 34-year-old woman was arrested in Norkempark for being in possession of suspected stolen property.

He said the police were on patrol along Sondag Street when they spotted the woman carrying a wooden door and a bag.

“Police stopped her and upon searching the bag they found a pair of side cutter pliers, a screwdriver and a wheel spanner.

“The woman further told police that she had stolen the things from the vacant house on the same street.”

In another incident, four suspects were arrested for being in possession of a stolen car.

“Four men of ages ranging from 26 to 37 were arrested in Tswelopele for possession of a suspected stolen Mercedes Benz,” said Ralidzhivha.

The police received a tip off that the car had been fitted with Mozambican registration numbers.

“When police went to the scene they found the motor vehicle fitting the description provided by the tip.

“They found four men playing cards in the car. All of them were arrested for possession of suspected stolen motor vehicle,” said Ralidzhivha.

A woman was arrested for being found in possession of suspected stolen property.

Ralidzhivha said the victim alleged her tablet was stolen in February.

“She opened a case with the Ivory Park police.

“On freedom day she saw her neighbour in possession of a tablet.

“She suspected the tablet to be hers.

“She asked the neighbour to let her see the tablet.

“She identified it as the one stolen from her house.

“She went with the neighbour to the Ivory Park Police Station where a case of possession of suspected stolen property was opened against her neighbour.

“The suspect was detained at Ivory Park,” explained Ralidzhivha.

He added that two men were also arrested in Kempton Park after they robbed the victim of his bag.

Ralidzhivha said the complainant saw police and stopped them.

“He immediately told them that he was robbed by two men and pointed in the direction of the men.

“Police followed and apprehended the men.”

They were found with the complainant’s belongings and all his goods were recovered.

“A 59-year-old truck driver was arrested in Kempton Park after opening a false case of truck hijacking.

“After he laid a charge of truck hijacking, the police took him to the scene.

“On the scene, he gave police another statement that is different to the one he gave at the police station.”

A case of perjury was opened against him and he was detained.

“All arrested suspects appeared in Magistrate’s Courts around the Ekurhuleni North Cluster,” said Ralidzhivha.

  AUTHOR
Jantji Ngwenyama
Journalist

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