Tip-off leads to arrest

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A tip-off has led to the arrest of a 34-year-old man for possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition in Springs, Gauteng.

Springs police received a phone call from a security guard at Grootvlei Shaft 4 about an armed man yesterday, Springs Advertiser reported.

When police arrived at the scene, they found the suspect with the two unlicensed pistols and 32 rounds of ammunition.

Springs police spokesperson Captain Johannes Ramphora said they were investigating the possibilities of the man being linked to a rape and several house and business robberies in the past.

Police also found a cellphone in the suspect’s pocket.

The serial number on one of the pistols was traced, and it was reportedly stolen in 2009 by a man in Johannesburg South, police said.

Ramphora said the firearms would be sent for ballistics testing to establish if they had been used in any crimes.

The man was taken to the Springs police cells, where he will remain until his first court appearance.

In a separate incident, a joint operation held by the Pietermaritzburg Public Order Police and Msinga SAPS Crime

Prevention team at Msinga, KwaZulu-Natal, led to an arrest of four suspects and the recovery of unlicensed firearms and ammunition last month.

The members of the team raided few homesteads in the area after they had received information about illegal firearms, police said

Police added seven unlicensed firearms and 16 live rounds were recovered from various homesteads.

Four suspects were arrested and charged with possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

– Caxton News Service


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