Port Shepstone public order police with the assistance of crime intelligence officers in the Umgungundlovu north policing cluster have arrested a 47-year-old man and recovered three illegal firearms and a hijacked car in the Mtulwa area near Dalton, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Saturday.
Police conducting an intelligence-driven operation on Friday afternoon spotted a suspect car in Mt Elias Road, Mtulwa, and stopped and searched it, Colonel Thembeka Mbhele said.
“During the search, the suspect was found in possession of a R5 rifle, 308 rifle, and a Z88 pistol with an assortment of more than 40 rounds of ammunition. They all had their serial numbers filed off.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect’s vehicle was taken during a hijacking at Imbali township in Pietermaritzburg in the first week of November and the 308 rifle was stolen two days ago during a housebreaking incident in [the] Newtown area, KwaDukuza.”
The man was arrested and charged with possession of stolen property and illegal possession of firearms and ammunition. He would appear in the New Hanover Magistrate’s Court on Monday. He would also be linked to the Plessislaer hijacking and KwaDukuza housebreaking cases, Mbhele said.
– African News Agency