Port Elizabeth police arrest 163 for various crimes over the weekend

BY YOLANDA PALEZWENI - SEPTEMBER 20, 2016

Port Elizabeth police arrested a total of 163 suspects during crime prevention operations conducted over the past weekend.

The suspects were arrested for various crimes that include drug possession, robbery, drunken driving, and possession of suspected stolen property, murder, theft from motor vehicle, house robbery, unlawful possession of firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition.

A total of 13 arrests were made on drug-related cases in the entire Mount Road Cluster. The suspects were charged for either possession of drugs or dealing in drugs.

“The arrests were affected during routine patrols and stop-and-search operations,” said police spokesperson, Colonel Priscilla Naidu.

She added that the members performing duties under Operation Lockdown, in Port Elizabeth's Northern Areas, also affected a number of arrests concentrating specifically in the Northern Areas.

“A total of 14 arrests were affected for crimes relating to drugs, robbery, and possession of suspected stolen property, malicious damage to property, attempted murder and illegal possession of a firearm,” said Colonel Naidu.

Total confiscations included: 73 dagga rolls, 59 mandrax  tablets, 5 packets of tik, 12 knives,11 cell phones, a toy gun, a Fiat UNO (stolen vehicle), 765 firearm, 2 magazines, 8 CD’s, two 2-way radios and 13 Schedule 6 tablets and Adcodol.

Gang related cases

On Friday, at about 01:20 the intervention team under Operation Lockdown searched a house in Booysens Park, Bethelsdorp, for possible drugs.

“No drugs were found but a police bullet proof vest was seized and police arrested a 28 year-old suspect,” said Colonel Naidu.

On Saturday, at about 23:45, a 23 year-old victim was shot twice in the shoulder and hand while in Melkbos Street, Bethelsdorp.

It is alleged that the victim asked a known person for a light for his cigarette and as he turned around, the suspect fired at him.

“The victim was with his girlfriend. At about 01:00 on 18 September 2016 the intervention team arrested a 23 year old suspect in Jenneker Street,” said Colonel Naidu.

He is expected to appear in court soon.

On the same day, while on routine patrols, members spotted an abandoned stolen vehicle in Bagshaw Street in North End.

According to the police, the vehicle was stolen in the Mount Road area in September 2016.  

All arrested persons are expected to appear in court soon.

According to Port Elizabeth police, the successes can be attributed to a constant police presence and vigilance in the areas, sound intelligence as well as good networking between the communities and the police.

“We encourage the communities to continue to work with us by exposing people involved in any illegal activities, they may contact us either voluntarily or anonymously,” said Colonel Naidu.

She added that the Crime Stop anonymous number 08600 10111 is very effective and reliable. Information can also be communicated to the Gang Task Team Hotline on 079 398 6583.