Phoenix police seize unlicensed firearms, arrest three suspects

The knife and pistol recovered in Weylen. Clearly visible are the scratches where the serial number was filed off.

Two unlicensed firearms have been recovered and three suspects arrested in two separate incidents in the Phoenix area, recently.

On Tuesday, May 1 at about 8pm, W/O T Naidoo and Cnst TD Pillay were patrolling the area when they noticed two men walking on the road. The police officers then stopped and proceeded to search the men.

As Cnst Pillay was searching the first man, he found a black 9mm Norinco pistol with the serial number filed off.
The pistol had a magazine, which contained seven live rounds of ammunition.

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The hammer of the pistol was locked and there was one live round of ammunition in the chamber. The 31-year-old man was arrested and detained for possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

The second suspect was searched and he was found in possession of a knife.

The 33-year-old was arrested and detained for possession of a dangerous weapon. It is alleged that the two accused are both out on parole for armed robbery and house robbery.

The 31-year-old was convicted for armed robbery on an Ixopo CAS and was convicted to 15 years imprisonment. The 33-year-old was convicted for house robbery on a Greenwood Park CAS and was convicted to seven years imprisonment. Both are out on parole.

In another case, a 22-year-old man was arrested following a report of a shooting in the Sastri Park area.
It is alleged that on Wednesday, May 2, Cnst S Rasool was on duty when he received a complaint of a shooting in the Sastri park area.

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It is further alleged that the suspect had jumped out of his vehicle and began randomly shooting in the area. Cnst Rasool then went to investigate and found the person who was shooting.

He requested to search the man and upon searching the suspect, Cnst Rasool found a Black pistol tucked into the front of the suspect’s pants.

The pistol had a serial number and a magazine which contained four live rounds of ammunition.

The suspect was not in possession of a license for the firearm and was immediately arrested and charged for being in possession of a firearm without a license.

Communications officer of Phoenix SAPS, Cpt Louise Naidoo, said, “Guns are a major contributor to violent crime. The more guns we get off the streets, the better for the community.”

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Avinash Singh

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