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Port Elizabeth police confiscate illegal firearm and arrest suspect

Aug 29, 2018
Port Elizabeth police confiscate illegal firearm and arrest suspect

A 42-year-old Vastrap man is expected in court on Wednesday after he was arrested for possession of an illegal firearm.

"On Tuesday, at about 11:00, the Bethelsdorp Task Team members were patrolling in Vastrap when they recognised a gang member exiting a shack," said police spokesperson, Col Priscilla Naidu.

"The members immediately went to the shack and found the owner, a 42-year-old male sitting inside.

"Upon searching the shack, they found a bag hidden among other things."

On opening the bag, they discovered a black shotgun with it’s serial number filed off.

"The person was arrested and detained on a charge of prohibited possession of a firearm."

The Cluster Commander for Mount Road SAPS, Maj Gen Thembisile Patekile, commended the team for their alertness.

"We, the SAPS will continue to be tough and will come down hard on these criminals who commit crimes with illegal firearms. We urge the communities to work with the police and not to hide these criminal elements or their firearms. The same firearm will be used to commit serious crimes," added Maj Gen Patekile.

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