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Firearms stolen at Wolwefontein farm recovered, suspects arrested

Aug 24, 2018
Firearms stolen at Wolwefontein farm recovered, suspects arrested

Excellent networking  between the community, Kabega Park and Kamesh police resulted in the arrest of three suspects and the recovery of three rifles early on Friday morning.

"It is alleged that on Saturday, the owner of a farm in Wolwefontein reported that his house was broken into while no one was at home," described police spoeksperson, Colonel Priscilla Naidu.

"According to police information, when the person, who was looking after the farmer’s house arrived on Saturday morning, he noticed that the vehicle was parked in a different place as when he was there on the previous Thursday.

"He notified the owner who was in Uitenhage and on his arrival, the owner discovered that the place was broken into. Entry was gained by breaking a window. Several firearms and a pellet gun were among the items taken. The safe was forced opened."

 Col Naidu said that on Thursday evening, a farm watch community member was at a local SPAR in Cape Road when he recognised  a person, who was circulated on social media.

"The person was seated in a bakkie. He immediately contacted Kabega Park police, who responded."

A 25-year-old suspect was taken to the police station and questioned.

Col Naidu said that further information led police to Lapland, in Kamesh, Uitenhage, in search of another suspect.

"With the assistance of SAPS Kamesh members, another suspect, between 20-30 years old, was arrested while walking in the street," she added.

"Both suspects are well-known in the Wolwefontein area. They have been detained on charges of housebreaking."

Col Naidu said that at about 06:00 on Friday morning, Kabega Park and K9 unit members went to a house in Erica Dien, an informal settlement in Cape Road, and searched two shacks.

"Nothing was found inside, however continued search of the immediate vicinity led police to discover a freshly dug hole about 10 metres from the shack, she described.

"On digging up the hole, three rifles were found buried in the ground.  

"One other person, aged between 25-30 years, was arrested and detained for possession of suspected stolen property and illegal possession of firearms." 

The suspects are expected to appear in court on Monday.

 Mount Road SAPS Cluster Commander, Maj Gen Thembisile Patekile, commended the community and all members involved in the swift arrests and recovery of the firearms.

"Close cooperation between the community and police is bound to yield positive results and narrow the space for criminals. The members immediate reaction to the information received and instant follow up investigation ensured the arrests and recovery," he added.

"There are still firearms that are yet to be recovered hence we are urging the communities to continue to assist with any information that can lead to the recovery and arrests as firearms are used in the commission of serious and violent crimes."