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2021/10/19      |  Written By:  Captain NP Sitshitshi   |   Province:  Western Cape

A number of arrests were made and a firearm and stolen goods confiscated during operations conducted in the Nyanga Cluster Police Precinct.

In Nyanga 17 suspects were arrested during a tracing operation conducted this morning by Nyanga Detectives. The suspects were involved in cases of armed robberies committed in the area of Nyanga targeting drivers and passengers of Golden Arrow Bus Service.  Fifteen of the suspepcts are from Browns Farm and the other two from Samora Machel and Gugulethu.

The suspects were traced with regards to an armed robbery case which they committed on Wednesday where the suspects robbed the driver and passengers while in Govan Mbeki Road in Philippi. The driver had stopped for the unknown male who pretended to want to board the bus but when he was inside the bus he pointed the driver with a firearm demanding money and a  cell phone. More suspects entered the bus and robbed passengers.

An imitation firearm believed to be used during the robberies was confiscated from a woman and the 52-year-old suspect. Linkages relating to other armed robberies will also be done during the investigation.

The suspects aged between 14 and 52 would when charged appear in Athlone Magistrates' Court on Monday, 18 October 2021 facing armed robbery charges.

In an unrelated case a 17-year-old was arrested on Thursday in possession of a prohibited firearm and ammunition in White-Heart Lane in the Leagues in Samora Machel. Members attached to the Nyanga Cluster Crime Prevention Team acted on information received about a white Toyota Avanza with armed occupants. Members spotted the vehicle and chased it but the suspects jumped out of the vehicle and ran away. Police managed to arrest one suspect in possession of a firearm with five live rounds.

The firearm serial number was filed off. The suspect was arrested and detained for the possession of a prohibited firearm and illegal possession of ammunition. The suspect could not explain when questioned about the ownership of the firearm

Meanwhile police in Gugulethu recovered eight cell phones, 412 DVD’s and various other items  during an joint operation conducted with members of Manenberg, Law Enforcement and Securities on Wednesday focussing on illegal dealing of stolen goods. The suspects ran away leaving behind the mentioned items.

A 40-year-old suspect was also arrested in possession of cables worth R50 000 which were reportedly stolen in the Athlone area.

This was after members of Elsies River spotted a suspicious vehicle at the corner of Epping 2 and Jakes Gerwell approaching Bonteheuwel. Police warned the driver to stop but he did not and instead accelerated. The members were joined by members of Bishop Lavis and the vehicle eventually stopped in Blue Gum Street. The driver and other occupants fled and the 40 year old was arrested with one ton low voltage cables and the vehicle was confiscated. The cables were identified by the employee of the City of Cape Town.

The members were applauded for their remarkable successes.