Over 150 arrested for various crimes in Port Elizabeth over the weekend

BY YOLANDA PALEZWENI - NOVEMBER 1, 2016

Police in Port Elizabeth arrested a total of 151 suspects during various crime prevention operations conducted over the past weekend.

The suspects were arrested for crimes including the possession of drugs, robbery, drunken driving, possession of suspected stolen property, murder, attempted murder, theft from motor vehicle, house robbery, unlawful possession of firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition as well as possession of housebreaking implements.

A total of 17 people were arrested for drunken driving cases this weekend, while 22 people were also arrested for drug-related cases.

“Suspects were charged for either possession of drugs or dealing in drugs,” said police spokesperson Colonel Priscilla Naidu.

She added that, the arrests were affected during routine patrols and stop-and-search operations in the Mount Road cluster.

On Friday, 14 suspects, aged between 30 and 45-years-old, were arrested by the Operational Command Centre Detective Tracing Team.

“The suspects were positively linked by fingerprints on cases of house robbery, theft out of motor vehicle and housebreaking committed across the Mount Road policing cluster,” said Colonel Naidu.

She added that, all the suspects appeared in Court on Monday.

Again, on Friday, at about 21:45, Algoa Park police officers were busy following up on information on suspects when they were informed by a group of people in Missionvale that a firearm was being kept at a shop belonging to a foreign national.

“The shop was surrounded and as police entered, the suspect was seen hiding the firearm in the freezer and a 9mm pistol was seized and the suspect arrested,” said Colonel Naidu.

She added that, a total of three firearms, Rossi.38 Revolver, Glock firearm and a 9mm pistol, and 2 suspects were seized during this weekend on charges of unlawful possession of firearms.

Police are also warning owners of vehicles not to park their vehicles on the road but inside their property.

“It has been noted that despite having a lock up garage or an allocated parking space inside a complex, owners choose to park their vehicles on the verges. As a result, they are broken into, owners are advised to be more responsible and to assist police in preventing crime in their areas,” said Colonel Naidu. 

She added that, drivers must make sure that their vehicles are locked when activating the remote locking devices.

“Make sure about two/three times that the vehicle is in fact locked. It takes a few seconds to manually check whether the doors are locked. Many times, owners press the automated remote while walking away without even checking whether it is activated or not,” said Colonel Naidu.

She concluded that, many reports have shown that no forced entry was gained into the vehicles and yet valuables are stolen from vehicles.