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Despatch police recover stolen firearms
2021/01/05

 

Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Eastern Cape

PORT ELIZABETH – In a concerted effort to address and prevent the commission of serious and violent crimes in the Nelson Mandela Bay metro, police from SAPS Despatch and the Uitenhage K9 unit worked tirelessly to recover six (6) stolen firearms and ammunition.

It is alleged that in December 2020, a Despatch man advertised on Facebook for a house sitter as he was going away from the 14 - 30 December 2020. Two unknown females responded to the advert and they moved into the Church Street home for the mentioned period. It is further alleged that during this time, the females, aged 17 and 18 years, hosted several parties at the house without the owner’s consent. When the owner returned on 30 December 2020, he noticed that his safe with several firearms were missing.  After questioning the two females, they denied any knowledge of the missing safe and firearms.  A case of theft of firearms and ammunition was opened at SAPS Despatch. 

Intensive investigations followed and on Monday, 04 January 2021, two people, a 24 year old woman and her 46 year old boyfriend were detained for questioning. The stolen firearms (a revolver, a double barrel shotgun, a .22 rifle, a 303 rifle, a 7mm hunting rifle, an air rifle and several rounds of ammunition) were recovered at two houses in Uitenhage. The firearms will be sent for ballistic analysis.    

On Tuesday morning, 05 January 2021, detectives also detained a 26 year old Uitenhage woman on a charge of illegal possession of stolen firearms and ammunition.  She is expected to appear in court soon. A charge of negligent loss of firearms is also being investigated against the 61 year old complainant. Upon completion of the investigation, the case will be sent to the Senior Public Prosecutor for a decision. 

Acting Mount Road Cluster Commander, Brigadier Thandiswa Kupiso, applauded the team for their sterling work and excellent investigation which led to the recovery of the stolen firearms.  Brigadier Kupiso warned the community not to be naïve and place adverts such as these on social media especially when one has to leave one’s home and valuable belongings to strangers.  ‘In cases where a person need to leave his/her home for a period of time, it is the responsibility of such homeowner to ensure that whoever he/she hires is reputable and trustworthy.  Instead of hiring strangers, the services of a good neighbour or family should be requested to keep an eye on your property.  Alternatively, contact your local police station to conduct regular patrols and visits to your premises.  Had it not being for the swift investigation, these firearms would have been exchanged into the wrong hands and used in the commission of serious and violent crimes,’ added Brig Kupiso. 

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