16 suspects arrested and 8 unlicensed firearms recovered

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Tebogo Msimanga

Sixteen suspects have been arrested and eight unlicensed firearms recovered in take down operation, foiling a planned business robbery. The suspects planned business robbery that was targeting a freight depot at Jet Park in Boksburg North on Tuesday evening, on the 18th of August 2020.

An intelligence-driven takedown operation by a multi-disciplinary team made up of various provincial units from Gauteng, the ORTIA SAPS and private security reportedly kept observation and subsequently spotted the suspects’ vehicles. A shootout ensued between the suspects and the police.

A takedown was executed and this resulted in the arrest of 16 suspects and the recovery of eight (8) illegal firearms.

Two vehicles, an Iveco panel van and a VW Caddy, both confirmed as stolen and fitted with false registration plates, were seized for further investigation. The suspects as well the recovered firearms will be subjected to further profiling and investigation to establish possible linkage to other business robberies and any previous crimes.

Gauteng Commissioner of police, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela has commended this success that highlights the critical role played by Crime Intelligence in the policing value chain.

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