Durban Central Field Unit arrest wanted robbery suspects

Some of the recovered firearms and ammunition which were confiscated by the super-sleuth officers.

The Durban Central Field Unit conducted an intelligence driven operation in the central business district, searching for wanted armed robbery suspects, recently.

While patrolling along Lancers Road Market, police officers received information about an armed robbery suspect that was around the area. They proceeded to the said place where they arrested a 27-year-old suspect who was found in possession of an unlicensed firearm with 23 live rounds of ammunition. The suspect then led the members to Umlazi’s Y Section where a 43-year-old suspect was arrested and found in possession of an unlicensed pistol.

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The intelligence-driven information led them further to the Folweni area where they arrested a 42- year old suspect who was found in possession of ammunitions and suspected stolen property. All the suspects were positively identified on CCTV footage for armed robberies committed in the central business district.

The arrested suspects will be charged for armed robbery, possession of unlicensed firearms, ammunitions and possession of suspected stolen property. They appeared in the Durban Magistrates’ Court, recently.

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In another intelligence driven operation conducted by eThekwini Outer South Cluster and Durban Public Order Police Task Team, three suspects between the ages of 21 and 45 were nabbed after they were found in possession of a 9mm pistol, a revolver and 13 live rounds of ammunition.

The recovered firearms will be sent for ballistic tests to establish if they were used in any other crimes in the country.KwaZulu-Natal’s acting provincial commissioner,MajGenBhekiLanga praised the members for their operations that led to the recovery of unlicensed firearms. “Such operations will continue throughout the province to curb robberies from being committed,” he said.

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