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Wanted suspects arrested in Motherwell during Crime Prevention Operation

Oct 27, 2018
Wanted suspects arrested in Motherwell during Crime Prevention Operation

Police conducting a special Crime Prevention Operations in the run up to the launch of the festive season arrested 16 wanted suspects in Motherwell, Port Elizabeth.

"They were wanted for various crimes ranging from robbery, assault GBH and malicious damages to property, to theft and drug related cases," said police spokesperson, Captain Andre Beetge.

"They will all be appearing in the Motherwell and New Brighton Magistrates' Courts on Monday."

He said that during the operation a stolen motorcycle,  seven knives, a toy gun, 14 mandrax tablets and various small amounts of dagga were confiscated.

"Four taverns were also closed by SAPS and their electricity cut by the Nelson Mandela Metro Electricity Department officials after they were found to have tampered with electricity supplies," Capt Beetge said.

"Fines with a total of R85 000 were issued to them."

Suspects arrested for attempted murder after shooting in Walmer

He added that during the operation, the Motherwell Cluster Operational Command Centre (OCC) members also arrested two suspects emanating from an attempted murder that took place in Walmer townhip earlier in the evening where a male was shot and wounded.

"The white Quantum minibus used by the suspects was found in Tonjeni Street, Zwide, at 23:30.

"Further investigation and follow up led police to arrest two suspects in Kula Street, Zwide," Capt Beetge described.

"A 24-year-old male was arrested at 00:30 for the attempted murder and a 23-year-old male was arrested after he was found in possession of an unlicensed fire arm (a 7,65mm pistol) with three rounds of ammunition at 02:45."

Both will appear before Court on Monday.

The Motherwell Deputy Cluster Commander, Brigadier Lungisile Manyana, applauded the arrests and successes during the operation and added that "crimes committed with fire arms and the role that alcohol plays in crimes in general will remain SAPS focus areas.

"We will tighten the grip around criminals and together with our community partnerships we will create a safe and secure environment for all our communities."

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