Criminals never seem to take a day off and with the increased police presence, in town, it appears that the pressure is beginning to take its toll on them. The Johannesburg Central Motor bike squad found themselves arresting brazen criminals while randomly patrolling in Newtown on Thursday morning, 23 January. The Motor bike squad was patrolling at Gwigwi Mrwebi Street at 10:45 when they saw a silver double cab Toyota Raider, with four occupants, parked adjacent to a grey Golf 7R.
The occupants went inside one of the stores to buy some refreshments before heading out and driving off in the Toyota Raider. The Raider then came back to where they were parked and at this point the squad called for backup. When backup arrived the officers approached the vehicle and ordered the suspects to come out.
“Upon frisking the suspects a licensed firearm was discovered on one of them. A white Mercedes Benz, driven by another suspect, was compared by officers through radio control with one that had been reported stolen. It matched the stolen vehicle that was reported by the owner in November 2019 with case number 1257/11/2019 JHB Central”, elaborated Captain Xoli Mbele of the SAPS.
A bag was discovered in the back seat of the white Mercedes Benz containing a rifle and a pistol with live rounds. All six suspects were arrested for being in possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition. In total the suspects were also in possession of four cars which included the Mercedes Benz, Golf 7 R and 2 Toyota double cabs.