Four men arrested for stolen car, goods…

Police confiscated several guns.

Four men were arrested on Friday February 16 for being in possession of a car that had been hijacked in Rondebosch.

Officers from Grassy Park police’s Vispol (visible policing)unit were patrolling and following complaints in the Ottery flats area at about 3am when they spotted a silver Fiat without number plates.

When officers tried to stop the vehicle, the driver sped off.

A high-peed chase followed down Strandfontein Road in the direction of Baden Powell Drive and officers eventually managed to stop the vehicle in Strandfontein.

The four men, aged between 21 and 35, were arrested on charges of possession of a stolen motor vehicle, possession of stolen goods and possession of an imitation firearm.

* Grassy Park police acted on information provided by the community of a firearm being kept at a residence in Moosa Walk, Parkwood.

A 41-year-old woman was arrested on Thursday February 15 after a gun was found in a wendy house

She was due to make her first appearance in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court this week on charges of possession of an illegal firearm and possession of ammunition.

Police management praised the community for their role in ridding communities of illegal firearms and ammunition.

* A 26-year-old man was arrested on Thursday February 15 when police found a gun in his possession.

Muizenberg police patrolling in Hillview at 10.45pm spotted the man trying to hide in a nearby shack.

WarrantOfficerGranville Arendse pursued the suspect and searched him.

The man was found with a 9mm pistol, which was reportedly stolen in Grassy Park in April last year. The firearm was loaded with 15 rounds of live ammunition.

The man was arrested and detained on charges of possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

Muizenberg police are also investigating the possibility that he is linked to other serious charges.

Lieutenant Colonel Mzwandile Gqabi, acting station commander of Muizenberg police, was relieved that the firearm was recovered. He said it had the potential to cause havoc in the community.

Lieutenant Colonel Gqabi said the removal of illegal firearms from communities is a cause to which they remain committed and encouraged the community to remain positive and continue providing information to the police.

* Five hundred and fifty six people were arrested from Friday February 9 to Thursday February 15 by police officers in the Mitchell’s Plain Cluster, which includes
Grassy Park, Steenberg, Mitchell’s Plain, Strandfontein, Lentegeur, Philippi and Lansdowne police stations.

Officers executed search warrants, searched for wanted suspects and also held stop-and-search operations.

They searched 109 houses for drugs and arrested 261 people after finding 158g of heroin, 541g of tik, 358 mandrax tablets, more than one and a half kilo of dagga and some cocaine.

They also found five illegal and unlicensed firearms and arrested seven people. Police also arrested 23 people for domestic violence-related cases.

Eight shebeens were searched and liquor confiscated while two suspects were arrested for dealing in liquor.

Tracingoperationslooking for wanted suspects resulted in 56 people being arrested.

Brigadier Letsoalo said officers also visited spaza shops, mostly owned by foreign nationals, to ensure their safety and prevent business robberies and xenophobic attacks.

Brigadier Letsoalo said police would continue clamping down on crime and criminal activities and bring the perpetrators to justice.

He applauded all officers who took part in the operations.