Two males in their 20s and a 48 year-old woman were arrested in the morning of the 17th of March 2020 by the Ivory Park Police. The three suspects were arrested in Ivory Park Extension 2 for possession of three unlicensed firearms and 17 rounds of live ammunition.

Police members on patrol received information via local patrollers that they’re people in the area known to have firearms, and that they may be responsible for robberies in the area. On catching up with one of the suspects the police soon learnt that indeed those firearms exist, and have been placed in possession of a woman known to the suspect. It has been established that the suspects collect the firearms from the woman when there is a crime to be committed.

On arrival at the woman’s address in Ivory Park Ext 2, the officers, in the presence of one of the suspects, introduced themselves. The suspect then demanded the pistols they left in her possession which she took them out. She was together with the suspect swiftly arrested for illegal possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.
Based on the information provided by the suspect, the officers then proceeded to another address, also in Extension Two, where they recovered a home-made gun and arrested another male suspect.

The Station Commander of the Ivory Park Police Station, Brigadier David Mbongeni Ngcobo, has welcomed the arrests. Brigadier Ngcobo is positive that the trio’s arrest will bring down the number of robberies in the area as it is strongly suspected that they may be linked to some of the robberies taking place in the area.

Further investigations may reveal whether the suspects are in anyway involved in a spate of other crimes, mostly robberies, in Ivory Park and the adjacent areas will start right away. The three suspects will be charged with illegal possession of firearms and ammunition, and are expected to be brought to the Tembisa Magistrate’s Court soon.

“I would like to express my heartfelt appreciation to the community members for the information and our brave community patrollers for acting the way they did in assisting us to recover all of the firearms and the subsequent arrests,” said Brigadier Ngcobo.

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