Tip-off leads Cato Manor detectives to arrest of robbery suspect

Det Mdletshe with the arrested suspect and recovered firearm.

Detectives from Cato Manor SAPS recently apprehended a 25-year-old man for robbery and possession of an unlicensed firearm after receiving a useful tip-off from the Chesterville community regarding the suspect’s whereabouts.

The station’s communications officer, Cpt CA Sibiya said that upon questioning by detectives, the suspect led police officers to KwaMaphumulo, north of KwaZulu-Natal, where he had allegedly sold the firearm.

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The firearm was taken from a Durban Central cluster police officer, who had been robbed of his motorcycle and state firearm in Chesterville in 2017.

The super-sleuth detectives proceeded to KwaMaphumulo where they recovered the Z88 9mm pistol. “The serial number of the firearm had been erased,” explained Cpt Sibiya.

He thanked the community members for providing police with the tip-off.

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“We also applaud the detectives who recovered the firearm. Stolen and illegal firearms are usually used in robberies and other crimes. We again appeal to communities to report any suspicious people carrying firearms in the community,” he added.

The suspect appeared in the Durban Magistrate’s Court. His case was postponed. He is currently being held at the Westville Correctional Services.

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