Several firearm busts in Rustenburg
Rustenburg – As part of reducing trio- and other serious crimes through the implementation of the Cluster Operational Coordination (COC) concept, the Rustenburg Cluster task team seized nine illegal firearms with ammunition and arrested nine suspects over the weekend.
“The firearms and ammunition were seized at various places within the cluster, including Phokeng, Boitekong, Koster, Tlhabane and Marikana,” captain Elsabé Augoustides, police spokesperson, said.
In one of the incidents in Rustenburg on Saturday, 1 July, the Police followed a suspicious vehicle (following a tip-off from the community) and a chase ensued. One suspect was arrested in the vicinity of Woodridge Estate, Waterfall East. It was during the arrest that two firearms and 19 rounds of ammunition were discovered inside his bag.
In another incident on Thursday, 20 July, the Cluster Task Team members arrested a suspect for the illegal possession of a firearm at the Bafokeng Rasimone North Platinum Mine. That was after the police found a .357 Magnum revolver with three rounds of ammunition inside his locker.
Later the same day, a suspect was arrested in Seraleng, Boitekong for the possession of a firearm and dagga.
On Wednesday, 26 July, two suspects were nabbed in Tlhabane for the possession of suspected stolen property and the illegal possession of a 9mm pistol. The suspects were linked to a spate of robberies in and around Hartbeespoortdam, Rustenburg and Thabazimbi.
The other suspects were individually arrested in Marikana, Lenatong in Phokeng, and Sondela in Boitekong after being found in possession of firearms and ammunition between Thursday, 27 and Monday, 31 July.
The Rustenburg cluster commander, major general Arthur Adams applauded all members within the cluster for their commitment that resulted in the arrest of the suspects and seizing of the firearms that are used to perpetrate trio- and other serious crimes.
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