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Bethelsdorp spaza shop owner and his brother busted for illegal firearm possession

Jan 22, 2019
Bethelsdorp spaza shop owner and his brother busted for illegal firearm possession

Port Elizabeth police officers were busy with patrols on Monday in the area of Booysen Park, Bethelsdorp, when they received information regarding illegal firearms at a spaza shop in the area.

"The members immediately followed up on the information," said police spokesperson, Capt Sandra Janse Van Rensburg.

"On arrival at the shop, they discovered that it was closed and as they attempted to gain entrance, three gunshots were heard.

"The members ordered the person inside the shop to open and upon searching the premises the members recovered a firearm with ammunition was hidden in a box with chips."

She said that while the members were busy on the scene, another person arrived and claimed to be the brother of the suspect and he was requested him to leave the scene.

'Brother also arrested as another firearm found'

"As he was driving off, he drove into one of the SAPS vehicles. His vehicle was searched and another firearm was found hidden in the vehicle," she added.

"Both suspects, aged 30 and 35, were arrested on charges of illegal possession of fire arm and ammunition.

"The suspects were also detained under the Immigration Act as their documents were not in order."

In a separate incident in Bethelsdorp, on Monday, members followed up on information on another illegal firearm and during the search in an open field behind Ganger street, Bethelsdorp, they recovered another firearm.

"We will continue in our efforts in cleaning up our streets and ridding them of illegal and unlicensed firearms that are used to terrorise and threaten the safety of our communities and our police officers," said Cluster Commander for Mount Road, Maj Gen Thembisile Patekile.

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