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Bethelsdorp police arrest man with firearm stolen in Walmer

Jul 12, 2019
Bethelsdorp police arrest man with firearm stolen in Walmer

Port Elizabeth - SAPS Bethelsdorp Crime Prevention members arrested a 27-year-old man in possession of a stolen firearm and ammunition.

According to police information, on Thursday, at about 09:50, the members were patrolling in Niekerk Street when they noticed a group standing outside a house.

"As the vehicle stopped, one of them started to run. He was apprehended at the back of a house in Niekerk Street. A .38 revolver was recovered. The firearm was reported stolen from a gun trader in Walmer in January 2019," said police spokesperson, Col Priscilla Naidu.

"The suspect was further linked to an attempted murder, which took place on Tuesday in Melkbos Street in Arcadia.

"It is alleged that the complainant (26) and his friend were walking when the suspect emerged from a yard and started shooting at them."

No injuries were sustained. The suspect is known to the complainant.

"The suspect is appearing in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court on Friday on charges of illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition as well as attempted murder," Col Naidu said.

"Four wanted suspects were also arrested between Thursday  night and Friday morning by members of the Mount Road Cluster Detective Trio Task Team and Tracing Team.

"The suspects were wanted on housebreaking, hijacking and armed robbery cases committed from 2003 – 2018 in the Walmer, Bethelsdorp and Gelvandale areas."

She said that these suspects will appear in the various courts on Monday.

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