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Teen charged for firearm possession
2019/08/24

Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner KwaZulu-Natal

DURBAN – Yesterday, police officers from the Durban Central Bike Unit were conducting operations in the CBD aimed at preventing criminal activities when they spotted two men carrying a backpack between Pine and Commercial Roads.

It is alleged that when the men spotted the police officers and they fled on foot. Police officers gave chase and an 18-year-old suspect was arrested. When a search was conducted, police recovered a firearm, knife, bank cards belonging to a female and other personal items.

After further investigating, police discovered that the items were stolen from a vehicle which was parked on Sydenham Road on 22 August 2019. The suspect was taken to Durban Central police station for detention and charged for possession of an unlicensed firearm, possession of dangerous weapon as well as possession of suspected stolen property.

He will also be linked to the case of theft out of motor vehicle that was opened at the Berea police station. The suspect will appear in the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 26 August 2019.

Another firearm has been recovered by Sydenham police from a 30-year-old suspect on Stanley Copley Road in Sydenham last night. The suspect was arrested for possession of an unlicensed firearm and will also be charged for bribery after he offered police officers cash for his release.

He will also appear in the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 26 August 2019. The recovered firearms will be sent for ballistic testing to determine whether they were used in the commission of any crime.

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