Bloemfontein: The increased visibility and intensified crime prevention operations in an effort to thwart crime and create a safer festive season in and around Free State, led to the arrest of suspects and confiscation of firearms.
In the first incident, the police followed and intelligence driven operation on Saturday; 16 November 2017, about a suspicious vehicle near a supermarket in Bayswater, Bloemfontein. On arrival at the supermarket, they spotted three men next to a silver BMW. As the police were approaching, a shootout ensued as the suspects fled the scene. The police gave chase and managed to block the suspect’s vehicle in Raymond Mhlaba Street, Bloemfontein.
Three suspects were arrested and two firearms and ammunition confiscated. The vehicle they were travelling in was also confiscated. The police are investigating a possibility that the suspects might be involved in a business robbery committed at another supermarket in the past week.
In another incident on Thursday 16 November 2017; police in Qalabotjha; Villiers, were chasing a suspicious vehicle which did not want to stop and called for backup. The vehicle was ultimately stopped and the two male occupants ran out of the vehicle and fled on foot.
One of the men was caught and during investigation he took the police to his house where four (4) shot guns, two (2) pistols, 236 live ammunition, three cellphones and a motor vehicle were recovered.
Further investigation revealed that the firearms and the vehicle were robbed during and attack a farm. All suspects will appear in court soon on charges of illegal possession of firearm and possession of suspected stolen property.