South Africa: Police Uniform, Unlicensed Firearms Recovered During Raid of Wanted Suspects in Vlakfontein

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Three suspects aged between 22 and 36-years- old were rounded up and apprehended during an early morning raid that was executed during the early hours of this Wednesday 22 January 2020.

Members from the SAPS Provincial Organised Crime Investigation(taxi violence unit), Johannesburg K-9 unit, Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department's Undercover Reaction Unit were following up on information regarding the whereabouts of wanted suspects linked to a case of murder and two counts of attempted murder that was committed in the Olivenhoutbosch area recently.

The team arrived at one of the suspect's place of residence in Vlakfontein Proper and found a 36-year-old suspect in possession of police uniform as well constable epaulets (ranks).The suspect led the team to another house in the same vicinity, where a 24-year-old suspect was arrested after he was found in possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

The team continued with the operation and the third suspect aged 22-years-old was also placed under arrest after police recovered an unlicensed firearm loaded with live ammunitions .The serial numbers on the recovered firearms were filed off.

The team is currently working hard to link the arrested suspects with other serious and violent crimes committed within and beyond the borders of our province.

The three suspects have been charged with unlawful possession of police uniform, possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunitions respectively. The suspects are scheduled to appear in court as soon as police preliminary investigations are concluded.

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