No place to hide for criminals

Efforts and support rendered by members of the Provincial Units to assist in addressing serious crimes in Nyanga continue to yield excellent results.

On Wednesday night last week, members of the Flying Squad busted three suspects who were driving a vehicle which had been reported hijacked Gugulethu.

The members were on patrol in the Nyanga precinct when they spotted a vehicle driving recklessly in Abonwabisi Road.

When they signalled for the vehicle to stop, the driver ignored and drove faster but ended up crashing into a yard.

The suspect and two accomplices, one of which was a female, were arrested.

The vehicle was tested and came out positively hijacked in Gugulethu.

Meanwhile, early on Thursday, 16 August, members attached to the Provincial Intervention Team operating in Nyanga, also arrested a 34 year old man for the possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

The members were on patrol when they were tipped-off about the suspect who had a firearm in the Nyanga Hostels.

On arrival at the house, they searched and recovered a firearm with four rounds of ammunition in it.

The four suspects aged 20, 29 and 34, were expected to appear in the Athlone Magistrate Court once charges for the possession of a hijacked vehicle and possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition had been laid against them.

The members were applauded for their continuous diligence and efforts to fight the scourge of crime in Nyanga.

The station management further appreciates community members who continue to contribute by sharing information with the police and would want to urge others to follow suite.

Efforts and the determination of the police and community members to address the proliferation of illegal firearms in the area of Nyanga continue to produce desirable results.

Four suspects were apprehended last Thursday morning after a police issue firearm with its serial number filed off was found in a house in Ingabangaba Street, Crossroads.

The success was the result of information received about men who had an illegal firearm. Police went to the given address, searched the house and recovered a Z88 Parabellum, 15 rounds of ammunition and a magazine hidden inside a washing basket. All these were confiscated.

The four, later identified as taxi drivers, were immediately arrested and detained in Nyanga. They appeared in the Athlone Magistrate Court on Monday, on charges of possession of a prohibited firearm and ammunition.

In a separate incident, a 25 year old suspect was also arrested for a case of kidnapping and rape, committed in the Crossroads area.

The suspect had allegedly lured a 13 year old girl into his shack, raped her and kept her there for the whole weekend. He also appeared in Athlone on Monday.