Unlicensed weapon and vehicle stolen in Kenterton recovered

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eHowzit reporter

A 40-year-old Kenterton man is in police custody, thanks to the sterling work of members of a local vehicle tracking company. The man appeared in the Umzinto Magistrates court on charges of being in possession of a vehicle suspected to have been stolen and the unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition.

It is alleged that the two, one an ex-policeman, picked up signals from the tracking device fitted to a Toyota Quantum taxi that was reported stolen at the Bhekithemba SAPS. It was reported that the owner had parked his taxi at his neighbour’s house in Nqawe Road in Umlazi on Thursday evening, 26 October at 20:30.

“Five minutes later, he was at his house when he heard a vehicle start and drive off. He checked for his taxi and found it missing. He opened a case of theft of a motor vehicle with the Bhekithemba police. The vehicle was found parked outside a house in Kenterton. The two men apprehended the suspect, seized a 9mm pistol loaded with one round of ammunition that was next to him and drove to the Sawoti SAPS with the recovered Toyota Quantum. The recovered vehicle, the pistol with the ammunition and the suspect were handed over to the Sawoti SAPS Station Commander, Detective Captain Siva “RP” Pillay,” Captain Vincent Pandarum said.

The firearm will be forwarded to the SAPS forensic unit for ballistics tests to determine ownership and if it had been used to commit any other crimes. Detectives will profile the arrested man to see if he is wanted in any other cases.

“We have always maintained that the SAPS would not be able to win the fight against crime alone, so we invited our communities, traditional structures, businesses and other stakeholders to work with us as partners. This is a perfect example of how an NGO, utilizing resources at their disposal, helped as partners in the fight against crime and arrested a suspect and seized exhibits. Our thanks and appreciation go out to them and all our crime-busting partners who share our vision of living in a crime-free South Africa. It is encouraging to see that many of our local security companies are also working closely with us in our fight against crime. Together we can do it,” said Major General Sethenya Agnes Nxamagele, the Ugu Cluster Commander.

The 9mm pistol and one round of ammunition
The recovered Toyota Quantum that was reported stolen in Umlazi

 

 

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