POLOKWANE — A total number of 170 suspects, aged between 23 and 60, were recently apprehended in Limpopo for various offences. During various SAPS operations, several items including firearms, ammunition, vehicles and dagga were seized.
The operations were carried out through roadblocks, stop and searches, raiding of unlicensed businesses and tracing of wanted suspects.
The arrested suspects are facing charges such as murder, illegal hunting, possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition, burglary at residential premises, theft out of a motor vehicle, assault GBH, fraud, driving under the influence of alcohol, possession of suspected stolen properties, possession of housebreaking equipment and public violence. Other charges include indecent behaviour, common assault, theft, illegal Immigration Act, RTA, drinking in public and possession of dagga.
In the Lephalale Policing area, three suspected illegal hunters aged 33, 46 and 47 were arrested by members of the SAPS Stock Theft Unit on Thursday 25 April with the assistance from the station members for possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.
In the same Cluster, in the Tom Burke policing area, five suspects aged between 15 and 25 were successfully traced and arrested after they were positively linked to a housebreaking incident that occurred at Sefihlogo village. During the arrest, Police recovered an unlicensed firearm, a magazine and six rounds of live ammunition.
Also, three suspects were arrested after the Police acted on information about a suspicious black BMW X5 driving towards the direction of Lephalale. The vehicle was spotted parked at Marapong complex. The suspects tried to evade arrest but were cornered and arrested on the spot. During the arrest, Police recovered a hunting rifle, silencer wrapped in a black plastic bag and ammunition.
The suspects appeared in different magistrate’s courts, and the investigations continue.