Five suspects busted with illegal firearms and 360 rounds of ammo

FEBRUARY 17, 2016

Steve Vukile Tshwete police, together with members of K9 Unit and Flying Squad, arrested five males on Wednesday morning,  at about 03:00, for the possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition at Border Post outside King Williams Town.

"The arrest comes after police received valuable information from the community about houses that allegedly had firearms [that] were [allegedly] used for robberies that occurred in the area at the beginning of January 2016," said police spokesperson, Lieutenant Siphokazi Mawisa.

"Police followed up the information they received and went to the houses at Border Post."

She said that upon arrival, the police officers found five males, aged between 18 and 28 years, in the houses.

"They searched both houses and found three rifles, a Norinco and three hundred and 361 rounds of different ammunition. In another house, they found tik and undisclosed amount of cash," said Lt Mawisa.

"These suspects are linked to robberies and murder that occurred in the area. Police confiscated the firearms, ammunition and tik.

The suspects are expected in the Zwelitsha Magistrate court on Thursday facing charges of dealing in drugs, armed robbery, murder and possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.

The Cluster Commander of King Williams Town, Brigadier Henry Vos thanked the community for sharing valuable information, which led to the arrest of the suspects.

He also encouraged the community members to report the criminals and/or criminal activities to the police on Crime Stop 08600 10111, Crime Line 32211 or the nearest police station.