Muizenberg police arrested a 24-year-old Overcome Heights resident for the possession of a 9mm Vektor pistol and eight live rounds of ammunition.
Officers were doing crime prevention patrols in St Titus Road, Seawinds, on Saturday January 12 when they noticed a man run away when he saw police. After a short chase, constables Zubenathi Lumko and Masibulele Mdunyelwa caught him in St Patrick’s Avenue.
He was detained on charges of possession of a prohibited firearm and unlicensed ammunition and appeared in the Muizenberg Magistrate’s Court on Monday January 14.
Steenberg police are appealing to residents to be alert when walking anywhere after several robberies were reported.
Spokesperson Constable Wesley Twigg said people walking to or from school, railway stations and in the area should avoid walking alone.
“We urge people to try to walk in a group and to avoid walking through alleys.
“They should also not walk with their cellphones in their hands. When standing at bus stops be aware of your surroundings and always check who is standing next to you,” said Constable Twigg.
Uber and Taxify drivers have also fallen victim to robbers.
“At night and in the early hours of the morning is when these drivers are robbed,” he said.
He also advised people to report the cases and to have the serial numbers of items that are stolen.
In another incident, Grassy Park police nabbed three car hijackers on Thursday January 10.
Officers from the visible policing unit were patrolling in Ottery at about 3am when they noticed a stationary car with three occupants who fitted the description of
men who had been reported to have been involved in the hijacking of a green Toyota Tazz earlier in the day.
The men were taken in for questioning and then arrested on charges of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and appeared in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court last week.
In a separate incident, Grassy Park’s crime prevention unit arrested a 22-year-old man on Wednesday January 9 when he was found with a 9mm pistol.
Police had been patrolling
in Pendoring Street, Lotus River, when they saw the man fleeing from them on a bicycle. Officers caught up with him and searched his backpack in which they found the gun.
He was arrested on charges of possession of an unlicensed firearm and appeared in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court last week.
Anyone with information on crime can call the police at
021 700 3940 or Crime Stop at 08600 10111.
All information will be treated as highly confidential.