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Police nab three suspects with unlicensed firearms

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The Mamelodi East police arrested three suspects in different areas for possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition on Wednesday.

Police spokesperson Constable Lethabo Mashiloane said the suspects are aged between 30 and 33 years old.

He said the suspects were arrested during the crime combating operation in Mamelodi East.

“Turning the tide against crime, men and women in blue from different units around Tshwane are coming together to fight violent crimes… they are gaining momentum,” said Mashiloane .

The operation included the members of the Mamelodi East crime prevention unit (MECPU), Mamelodi task team and Tshwane crime intelligence unit (TCIU).

“The task team received information about a man with a firearm at Buthelezi Street,” said Mashiloane.

“Upon arrival they searched the man and found an unlicensed firearm in his possession.”

He said the 30-year-old was immediately arrested.

Meanwhile, MECPU received a complaint that three armed men had committed a robbery and attempted murder at a scrapyard in Solomon Mahlangu Drive.

“Their quick response led to the arrest of a 31-year-old man. The suspect is facing charges of armed robbery, attempted murder and possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunitions,” he said.

Police are still searching for the remaining two suspects.

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The third arrest was effected by the TCIU, who also conducted intelligence-led operations in Xwa Xwa Street in Nellmapius extension 3.

A 33-year-old man was arrested also for possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunitions.

Mashiloane added that the firearms will be sent for ballistic testing to ascertain if they were used in other crimes.

“Investigation is underway and all three suspects will therefore be profiled for possible linkage to other crimes,” he concluded.

He further encouraged the public to continue working closely with the police ensuring the safety of the public and creating a crime-free zone for everyone.

“Continue reporting any suspicious person to the police on 08600 10 111.

The suspects will appear in the Mamelodi magistrate’s court soon.

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