On Thursday members of the Maitland Flying Squad acted on information about cellphone tower batteries that were stolen from a cellular tower in Macassar.
Two suspects were apprehended by the flying squad. The suspects were in position of the stolen batteries.
The suspects are set to appear in the Kuilsrivier Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 16 March 2020.
See full statement below from SAPS:
WESTERN CAPE – The vigilant efforts of police members led to successful breakthroughs during operations conducted in Kuilsrivier and Nyanga.
On Thursday afternoon, 12 March 2020, members attached to Maitland Flying Squad acted on information about batteries that were stolen from a cellular telephone tower site in Macassar. The vehicle that the suspects fled the scene in was pulled over in the Kuilsrivier area. Members found 12 cellphone tower batteries in the vehicle valued at R 50 400-00.
Two suspects, aged 35 and 36, were arrested on a charge of the possession of stolen property and are expected to appear in Kuilsrivier Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 16 March 2020.
Meanwhile, on Thursday morning members attached to Nyanga police deployed specifically to prevent the robbery of people going to work in the early hours of the morning, were busy with crime prevention operations in Mnyamanzi Street when they noticed three men who started running upon seeing the members approaching. Members pursued them and eventually the suspects were caught and searched. Two suspects were found in possession of unlicensed firearms and one was found in possession of tik. All three suspects, aged 22, 23 and 25, were arrested on charges related to the unlicensed possession of firearms and possession of tik.
The 22 year old suspect appeared in Philippi Magistrate’s Court on Friday, 13 March 2020, for the possession of tik. The other two suspects will appear in court on Monday.
In an unrelated incident, last night members were responding to a call when they heard several gunshots being fired. Upon investigation, they noticed a man who threw a firearm into one of the yards in Steve Tshwete Street, Browns Farm, Nyanga when he saw the police. They approached the suspect, aged 31, and questioned him. He was then arrested for the unlicensed possession of a firearm and for discharging a firearm in public. He is scheduled to appear in court next week.SAPS Website