Feb 22, 2019Four suspects were arrested on Thursday in separate incidents in Bethelsdorp, Port Elizabeth, for illegal possession of firearms and ammunition and one suspect for robbery with a firearm.”In the first incident, it is alleged that at about 11:30, members from the Mount Road Cluster Operational Command Centre stopped a car, a grey Golf in William Slammert Drive, in Bethelsdorp,” said police spokesperson, Col Priscilla Naidu.”As they approached the vehicle, three of the four occupants got out. The fourth person who was sitting at the back remained in the vehicle.”As members approached the vehicle, the suspect (26) pushed a firearm under the seat.”A pistol was recovered and the suspect was arrested for illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.”She said that in the second incident, it is alleged that at about 10:50, Bethelsdorp Task Team members were patrolling in Siyazama Street, Timothy Valley when they saw a male emerge from a yard in Khawuleza Street.”The members followed him and when he saw the police vehicle, he ran into a yard. As he tried to get into the house, police nabbed him,” she described.”Members noticed that he threw a silver object through the safety gate into the house.”A .38 revolver was found in the house.”The suspect, aged 17, was arrested and detained for illegal possession of a firearm.Another Bethelsdorp teenager arrested with an illegal firearmIn another unrelated incident, at about 14:30, Mount Road Cluster Operational Command Centre members were driving in Scholtz Street in Bethelsdorp when they noticed two males emerging from an open field.”One of the males appeared suspicious and the members stopped. After searching them, a revolver was found in possession of one of them.”She said that the 18-year-old suspect was arrested and detained for illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.”At about 18:55 on Thursday evening, Bethelsdorp Task Team members were patrolling in Gondola Crescent in Palmridge when they noticed five males walking.”One of the males is a well-known criminal and members were looking for him for a robbery, which took place earlier in the day,” Col Naidu said.”As the police vehicle stopped, one of them became nervous and tried to run. As he was being apprehended, he threw a 9mm pistol on the ground.”The 27-year-old suspect was detained on a charge of illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition and another male, aged 29, was arrested for robbery.” Col Naidu said that all four firearms will be sent to ballistics for testing.”The arrested suspects are expected to appear in court soon.” Mount Road SAPS Cluster Commander, Maj Gen Thembisile Patekile, hailed the efforts of the members in ensuring that illegal and unlicensed firearms are taken out of circulation and out of the hands of criminal elements.”The continued recovery and seizure of firearms is a deterrent for the commission of serious and violent crimes,” added Maj Gen Patekile.Follow more RNEWS articles, subscribe to our YouTube channel and for breaking news LIKE us on Facebook. For news on the Western Cape click here.