FOLLOWING an analysis of criminal activities in the area, in particular robberies and theft of motor vehicles, Berea SAPS deployed officers strategically in the Musgrave area on 5 September and were rewarded when they arrested three suspects.
Brigadier Jay Naicker from provincial SAPS said while police where undertaking the operation in Musgrave Road they spotted three men on foot who aroused the suspicions of the eagle-eyed crime fighters.
“The quick thinking officers immediately called for back up to prevent the suspects from slipping through the net. As police officers approached the men they attempted to flee to avoid arrest. Officers gave chase and apprehended the men before they could make good on their attempts to escape,” he said.
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The men were found in possession of equipment used to break into cars as well as unlicensed firearms and ammunition. They were subsequently detained and charged. Meanwhile, police are working around the clock to establish if the men are linked to other crimes in the area.
Acting provincial commissioner, Lt Gen Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi, commended the work by the officers who apprehended the criminals before they could commit a crime. “These arrests are once again an indication that our deployment strategies which are informed by our crime threat analysis are paying off. A number of criminals are apprehended on a daily basis due to theses proactive deployments which includes stop and searches,” he said.
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