Media Statement from the Eastern Cape Media Centre
South African Police Service
Humansdorp Cluster, Thornhill: Concerted efforts to fight the proliferation of illegal firearms in the Humansdorp Cluster paid off today, 2 February 2018.
Whilst a complainant was busy reporting a case of robbery at about 09:00 today, that allegedly occurred earlier today on the N2 in the district of Port Elizabeth, he noticed a vehicle driving pass the Thornhill police station (Humansdorp), that matched the description of the red Toyota Tazz that was allegedly used by the same four suspects that robbed the complainant.
Warrant Officer Louw and Sergeant Felix responded immediately upon receiving the information and intercepted the vehicle in the small town of Thornhill. By means of a thorough search that was conducted, a Rossi 38 Special with ammunition was found in the possession of the suspects, as well as a small quantity of dagga and property belonging to the complainant (cellphone and clothing). The four suspect (ages between 22 - 36) were arrested on charges ranging from the illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition, illegal possession of drugs and the possession of suspected stolen goods.
The suspects are due to appear in the Hankey Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 5 February 2018, on the respective charges. The suspects will also appear in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's court soon on a charge of robbery. The firearm, of which the serial number was filed off, will be subjected to ballistic testing to ascertain whether it was used in the commission of other crimes.
The South African Police Service will continue with their Back to Basics approach, with the aim to intensify operations in order to ensure the safety of all citizens. Humansdorp Cluster Commander, Brigadier John Lebok thanked the complainant for his alertness and the members for their efforts and vigilance in ensuring that they bring those culprits who break the law, to book.
Captain Gerda Swart
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