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64-year-old Mthatha man arrested with firearms and ammo after foiled robbery

Jan 31, 2019
64-year-old Mthatha man arrested with firearms and ammo after foiled robbery

In the early hours of Wednesday morning, Mthatha police attended a complaint of attempted robbery at a local hardware at Ross Mission locality in Mthatha.

"Upon their attendance, the security guards informed police that about four unknown gunmen alighted from a white Ford Ranger and a red Toyota Hilux and allegedly tried to steal building material, but were cornered by the guards and they fled the scene on foot," described police spokesperson, Captain Dineo Koena.

"Whilst members were still in attendance they received a complaint from the SCS that there are two men (25 and 31) that reported hijacking of the same motor vehicles.

"After they were taken to the scene, the security guards positively identified them as some of the suspects."

She said that upon thorough investigation by the Mthatha CSC, Vispol, K9 and Flying Squad, they were led to a homestead at Upper Tabase where they arrested a 64-year-old man, who was in possession of an AK47 assault Rifle with 23 live rounds, a 7.65 pistol with 11 live rounds and 35 R5 rifle live rounds.

Man's son also arrested for illegal firearm possession

"When searching another house at the homestead, his 22-year-old son was found in possession of a 9mm pistol with 11 rounds and 13 R5 rifle live rounds," Capt Koena.

"Upon investigations, it was found out that the two motor vehicles' engines were tampered with.

"A white BMW that was used as a getaway car was found at the homestead and was also confiscated."

She said that they will be caused to appear before Mthatha Magistrate's Court on Thursday facing charges of attempted robbery, possession of unlicensed firearms, unlawful possession of ammunition and possession of suspected stolen motor vehicles.

"They will all be linked with business robberies that occured around Mthatha and the firearms will be sent for ballistic testing." 

The Acting Cluster Commander, Brigadier Asogran Naidoo, commended all members for the swift arrest.

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