Four firearm theft incidents in one week could indicate new trend

Image for illustrative purposes. Image: Limpopo Safari World Facebook page

Suspects allegedly robbed two gun shops, stole firearms from flying squad member, and ambushed a RAM courier van this week alone.

A man who works in the firearms industry in Kempton Park has allegedly been reliably informed of more incidents of firearm theft this week.

It was reported by TimesLive on Wednesday that over 100 firearms were stolen from a firearms shop in Boksburg.

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Riaan from Kempton Park sent a WhatsApp voice note on Wednesday explaining that he spoke to a special task force member in Ekurhuleni who informed him that a gun shop in Boksburg, Limpopo Arms and Ammunition, was robbed of about 100 firearms on Wednesday morning.

However, more information came to light in the voice note. He alleges he was informed that a gun shop in Three Rivers in Vereeniging was also robbed around the same time as Limpopo Arms on Wednesday morning.

The task member emphasised that owners of firearm shops must be extremely cautious, because there were indications that this could become a trend.

The task team is also investigating an incident where members of the Flying Squad were run off the road and robbed of R5 firearms and pistols.

The suspects also allegedly robbed a RAM courier van this week. RAM hand-to-hand couriers are one of the few courier companies that are licensed to transport and deliver firearms.

This article was translated from Afrikaans by Nica Schreuder. Listen to the original WhatsApp message here:

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