Police arrest 70 in Pretoria over the weekend

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The weekend’s crime-combating operations in Pretoria yielded the arrest of 70 suspects in the Sunnyside, Brooklyn, Garsfontein, Villieria, Pretoria Moot and Lyttelton policing precincts.

The arrests were made from Friday morning to Sunday morning. Amongst those arrested are two Sunnyside residents that were reportedly arrested for perjury. The police received a complaint on Friday of a house robbery that took place during the early hours at the Westbrook flats in Leyds Street.

Police spokesperson Collette Weilbach said: “The 49-year-old complainant alleged that his 27-year-old daughter heard a noise at the window and woke him up.  He was confronted by two armed men when he went to investigate.  He alleged that the men robbed him of cash, a 9mm pistol and a television.

“After a whole day’s investigation and further interrogation the man confessed that he lied to the police and opened a false case. Both father and daughter were arrested.”

According to Weilbach, Brooklyn police confiscated 447 bottles of liquor (more than 200 litres) from a guesthouse during a liquor operation on Friday evening.  The police had received complaints from residents in Waterkloof Ridge of loud music and noise after hours at a guest house in Rooiribbok Street.

“An inspection was conducted and it was found that the guest house is dealing without a liquor license and that there is no fire, health and safety certificate.  A case was opened at the Brooklyn police station for further investigation,” Weilbach said.

Other arrests included various offences such as; assault, theft and shoplifting, pedestrian source of danger, possession of suspected stolen goods, possession of drugs and dagga and 27 undocumented persons, added Weilbach.

The suspects will appear in the Hatfield Community and Pretoria Magistrates’ courts respectively on Monday.



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