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135 suspects arrested in Uitenhage weekend anti-crime operations

Apr 25, 2016
135 suspects arrested in Uitenhage weekend anti-crime operations

Uitenhage police arrested a total of 135 suspects in anti-crime operations conducted over the weekend, from Friday until 06:00, on Monday morning. 

"Two suspects, ages 35 and 39 years old, were arrested on a charge of house robbery and the vehicle (and all the stolen items) that were taken during the house robbery was also recovered," explained police spokesperson, Lieutenant Gerda Swart. 

"Three suspects were arrested after police found three unlicensed firearms and ammunition in their possession.  Two suspects were arrested after they were linked with two different business robberies that occurred earlier in the week. 

"One wanted suspect was also traced and successfully apprehended."

Lt Swart said that a total of 24 traffic fines were issued, valued at R12 000. 

"Other arrests made related to housebreaking and theft, assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm, possession of suspected stolen goods, robbery common, etc.  Two arrests were made for driving under the influence of liquor.  19 persons were arrested and detained after illegal drugs were found in their possession."

One illegal tavern was closed for selling liquor without a license and fifteen premises were searched and 400Ltrs of vile concoction were destroyed.  A total of 60 fines were issued for other liquor related crimes. 

"Police in the Uitenhage Cluster will continue to proactively and reactively address crime effectively in the Uitenhage Cluster," she said.

"The South African Police Service appeal to the community to work with the SAPS in reducing crime by providing valuable information that will lead to the arrest of suspects, the tracing of illegal firearms and the recovery of stolen property."

Important SAPS numbers: SAPS Despatch – 041 933 8803/04; SAPS Kamesh 041 988 8718/19; SAPS Kwanobuhle 041 978 8600, SAPS Uitenhage 041 996 3438, Crime Stop 08600 10111 or Crime Line SMS 32211