Fake money makers caught in the act

Police arrest suspects after a shootout in Grassy Park.

Two men were arrested on Friday May 25 on charges of manufacturing counterfeit goods after they were literally caught making money.

Grassy Park’s Crime Prevention Unit (CPU) followed up on information received about the counterfeit money being manufactured at a house in Parkwood.

When officers searched the premises they found copy machines, an FNB swipe machine, toners, laptops and other goods.

Counterfeit R200, R100 and R50 notes were also found. The suspects, aged 28 and 30, were due to appear in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court.

* Eleven men were arrested on Sunday May 27 for the theft of a vehicle.

Grassy Park police’s Visible Police Unit were attending to complaints and patrolling in 8th Avenue, Lotus River, when they spotted a black Bantam bakkie with only one number plate, and men sitting on the back.

The vehicle was found to have been stolen in Mitchell’s Plain earlier this month.

The eleven men, aged between 19 and 24, were arrested on charges of possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

The men were affiliated to a gang in Lotus River.

* Two men were arrested for being in possession of firearms on Monday May 28.

Police patrolling in Parkwood at 7.40am spotted two suspicious looking men. One man was found to be in possession of a gun with a round of ammunition and an imitation gun.

The two men, aged 26 and 28, are affiliated to a gang in Parkwood.

* Traffic in Grassy Park came to a standstill on Wednesday May 23 when police chased down suspected hijackers.

The police’s National Intervention Unit (NIU) were tipped off about a car being hijacked in Retreat.

They spotted the vehicles involved, a silver Audi and a black Hyundai Tucson, at 9.15am in Retreat Road. They chased the cars that had sped off in the direction of Grassy Park.

Officers saw one of the suspects pointing a firearm and officers shot back.

The cars were forced to stop at the corners of 5th Avenue and Prince George Drive in Grassy Park. Five men aged 24, 34, 34, 35 and 36 were arrested and one gun retrieved.

One of the men sustained a gunshot wound to his shoulder. The Tucson was reportedly hijacked in the Kleinvlei policing precinct. The Audi was not reported as stolen.

Steenberg police have opened a case of attempted murder; possession of a hijacked vehicle and possession of firearms and ammunition without a licence.

* On Tuesday May 22, the City of Cape Town’s Metro police department arrested two men in Grassy Park, with the assistance of the Grassy Park Neighbourhood Watch, for possession of imitation guns.

Watch members called for assistance at the corner of Dieman Road and 6th Avenue after they apprehended the suspects who were found in possession of two imitation guns and a knife. The men, aged 23 and 28, were arrested for possession of imitation firearms and a dangerous weapon and detained at Grassy Park police station.