17 January 2021
JOHANNESBURG – Police in Gauteng have arrested two suspects for the possession of hijacked vehicles, unlicensed firearms and ammunition.
This follows a multi-disciplinary takedown operation in Sharpeville where two hijacked luxury vehicles, ten firearms of varying calibers and multiple rounds of ammunition were seized.
SAPS Gauteng Brigadier Mathapelo Peters said, “The arrests came after police responded to a hijacking and kidnapping that happened on Monday, 11 January 2021 where a driver was allegedly kept hostage and released a few hours later by the suspects. The intelligence-driven operation on Thursday, 14 January 2021 led the team to a house in Sharpeville where police found the sought Mercedes Benz GLC SUV plus a Mercedes Benz sedan that has since been confirmed as sought by police in a case reported at Dawn Park SAPS in December 2020.”
“ A search of the vehicles and the premises led to the discovery of a total of 10 firearms consisting of: three AK-47 rifles, a dashprod rifle, five pistols, a silicone gun, plus seven magazines, over 180 ammunition of different firearms, explosives, signal jammer, and housebreaking implements.”
“Police subsequently arrested the two suspects found at the crime scene.
Further investigations are underway to determine possible linkage of the suspects and the firearms to other violent crimes in the Province. Therefore the possibility of more charges emerging during the investigation cannot be ruled out.” Said Peters.
The two suspects are expected to appear soon.