The Media Liasion Officer of the South African Police, Captain Mali Govender, today released information of crime related matters from across the Eastern Cape.
Over 50 arrested during Operation Fiela over the weekend
King Williams Town
During the past weekend, police conducted Operation Fiela 2 in the Cluster until the early hours of Monday and arrested more than fifty (50) suspects.
The suspects, aged between 23 and 54 years, were arrested for crimes ranging from drunken driving, possession of drugs, housebreaking and theft, possession of suspected stolen property, common assault, drunkenness, common robbery, and malicious damage to property.
Thirteen of the suspects will face charges of drunken driving. They will appear in different magistrate’s courts on Monday and Tuesday.
King William’s Town SAPS Cluster Commander Brigadier Luntu Ngubelanga thanked the Buffalo City Municipality’s traffic officers who joined police during the operation to ensure that those drivers who drink and drive are brought to justice. “We will keep on doing stop and search and farm patrols to prevent stock theft in our policing area,” he added.
Enquiries: Captain Siphokazi Mawisa – 071 366 1907
Aliwal North Cluster
Month-end operations yield successes in the Aliwal North Cluster
Stations and units within the Cluster continued with various crimes prevention operations during a busy month-end weekend.
At Lady Grey a combined operation was held by CI, OCC and K 9 and three suspects aged 23, 27 and 20 were arrested on a farm in the area for property related crimes. Tools to the value of R300 were also recovered.
Members from visible policing at Lady Grey were also called for back-up from a vehicle tracking company which resulted in the arrest of a 27-year-old suspect for being in possession of a stolen vehicle. The vehicle, a Mercedes Benz, was reported stolen at Ermelo.
At Palmietfontein a 23-year-old suspect was arrested for being in possession of 54 parcels of dagga. Two more suspects, aged 32 and 38 years, were also arrested for possession of drugs.
The Cluster Commander, Brigadier Xakavu, commended the members for the good work done over this very important time of the month. “Let us continue to tighten the space for the criminals in our cluster and make our communities feel safe and protected,” he said.
Enquiries: Captian Roelofse 082 7797 109
Suspect arrested with R3 100 counterfeit money
Despatch – The South African Police Service in Despatch have arrested a man, aged 38, on Friday, 2 March 2018, for being in possession of counterfeit money (R100-notes). The arrest happened after a local business had notified the police attempts by the man trying to transfer money through the Money Market. Police have now issued a warning to businesses and residents to be vigilant when handling money as they could fall victim to a counterfeit syndicate which distribute fake notes in the area.
Uitenhage Cluster police spokesperson, Captain Gerda Swart said: “We are appealing to the community, vendors and businesses to be vigilant as they may fall prey. We urge people to scrutinize all bank notes, from R10 to R200 bills, and to be on the lookout for anything suspicious. The money looks genuine but one must pay more attention to the various security features. It is also advisable to make use of counterfeit detector machines”.
The suspect is due to appear in the Uitenhage Magistrate’s Court today, Monday, 5 March 2018, on a charge of being in possession of counterfeit money.
Investigations are continuing with the hope that more arrests will follow, ultimately resulting in all the counterfeit cash being found and seized as well as the machine that is used to print it.
Enquiries: Captain Gerda Swart – 082 301 7948.
Police warn businesses to lock up important possession before closing
The SAPS have requested businesses to inform their staff to lock away all valuables including keys to safes before retiring for the day. This warning comes after a post office in Walmer was broken into over the weekend.
Allegedly when an employee arrived at the post office around 06:30 am on Monday morning, they found that the padlock on the main gate was broken. On further investigation, the main door was also pried open with a crowbar. Several offices were broken into and safes in three offices were opened. Petty cash was taken. An unknown number of parcels were also taken from the main office.
Keys to safes should never be left in desk drawers nor should safes be left unlocked. Companies must ensure that their alarm systems are in working order at all times. Always run emergency drills with the alarm company to test the working condition of the devices. Police are investigating a case of housebreaking (business).
Enquiries: Colonel Priscilla Naidu 0713628726
262 gas cylinders recovered and five arrested
Mount Frere Visible Policing and Detectives members who responded to information received about a hijacked truck arrested five male suspects during the weekend.
The information received led the team to Cofimvaba where they recovered the truck and 262 gas cylinders valued at R152 000 at business premises.
The suspects aged between 30 and 40 faces a charge of possession of suspected stolen cylinders and will appear in the Cofimvaba Magistrate’s Court soon.
Enquiries: Captain Namhla Mdleleni 082 779 7237
Three suspects arrested after recovery of a hijacked vehicle
Three suspects were arrested after a hijacked vehicle was recovered on the M19 off-ramp close to Swartkops.
Police officers from the Motherwell Operational Command Centre spotted a suspicious silver Tata Indica driving on the M17 road towards Swartkops. They followed and pulled the vehicle off on the M19 off-ramp after realising the vehicle had a false number plate in front.
On further investigation, they discovered that the Tata was hijacked in Humewood area earlier in the month. The false number plates belong to a blue VW Golf that was stolen during July 2015 in Kwazakele.
All three occupants, two males aged 33 and 38, and a female aged 20, were arrested for being in possession of a hijacked vehicle.
They will appear before the Motherwell Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, 7 March.
Enquiries: Captain Andre Beetge 082 302 5882
Hijacked truck recovered shortly after Deal Party hijacking
A truck was recovered in Wells Estate shortly after it was hijacked in Deal Party.
The RTT delivery truck was busy turning around in Sturrock Street, Deal Party, at around 11 o’clock on Monday morning, when two armed men held up the driver and passenger and hijacked the truck. The suspects later released the driver and passenger in Uitenhage Road.
The truck which had a tracking device was later found abandoned in an open field at Wells Estate. The cargo which consisted of boxes of various items such as cigarettes and brand name clothing were missing from the truck.
The exact value of the goods will be determined by the courier after their own stock take had been done.
Any person that may have information that could assist the police in locating the stolen items can contact their closest police station or dial toll-free 00 10111.
Enquiries: Captain Andre Beetge 082 302 5882
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