NELSPRUIT – Four suspects aged between 22 and 27, were arrested by the police in Delmas today, 25 July 2021.
The quartet was pinned down by members of the dignified blue who were manning crime prevention patrols at Sarel Street when a suspicious white Toyota Etios vehicle without a registration number plate became a centre of their attention. They approached the said vehicle and made a clear signal to the driver to pull it to the side of the road but to their surprise, the driver instead sped off towards the R50 Bapsfontein road, in an attempt to evade them.
A high speed chase ensued, only to cease at a busy junction where the suspects’ vehicle rammed into a slow moving truck. They then alighted from their vehicle after the collision and attempted to flee the scene on foot but it just was not to be. The police outran them, apprehended and brought them back to the scene.
It was thereafter that their wrecked vehicle was searched and two firearms were discovered, a 9mm pistol with its serial number filed off as well as a toy gun, resembling a real pistol. Six cellphones suspected to have been robbed or stolen from victims as well as R1200-00 cash were seized.
The suspects were detained at Delmas holding cells and are due to appear before the Delmas Magistrates’ Court tomorrow, 26 July 2021, to answer on the charges of possession of firearms without license as well as reckless and negligent driving. The suspects will be profiled to verify if they are not involved in other criminal activities elsewhere and also the origins of the authentic firearm.
Source: South African Police Service