SEKHUKHUNE – Three Hundred and Twenty Eight suspects have been arrested during special police operations, Operation Fiela II, which were ran until the early hours of Monday 02 July 2018 morning throughout the province.
Police said Operation Fiela II, an intelligence driven operation, continued to make a mark in the fight against crime in the province.
According to police, the suspects, who were arrested for various crimes ranging from murder, business robberies, house robberies, armed robberies, common robberies, immigration Act, possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition, possession of suspected stolen properties, suspected stolen motor vehicles, rapes, illegal hunting, contravention of protection orders, theft out of vehicles, malicious damage to property, possession of dagga and other drugs, to burglary business and residential during the operations were aged between 18 and 45 years-old.
Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe, Limpopo Provincial Police Spokesperson, said in Thohoyandou, rangers from the Kruger National Park received a tip-off from members of the community about five suspicious men who entered the park during the early hours of the morning.
Ngoepe said the suspects’ apprehension resulted in gunshots sounds heard inside the park and afterwards, police and rangers reacted and spotted the tracks of the suspects which led to Bendemutale village.
“On arrival, two male suspects aged 22 and 27 were found in possession of a Nyala game and KNP uniform concealed inside school bags. They were arrested on the spot and will appear before Musina Magistrates Court soon,” explained Ngoepe.
Meanwhile, Operation “Seize Fire” was conducted around Muswodi Tshisimane village by members of Thohoyandou Crime Intelligence in conjunction with detectives.
Police said they followed up on information from members of the community about suspects in possession of an unlicensed firearm.
Ngoepe added a 41 year-old suspect was arrested and an R1 rifle and ammunition were confiscated. Ngoepe said in Modimolle, two suspects aged 23 and 25 were arrested shortly after they committed a robbery at a petroleum company,
“The suspects allegedly gained entrance through a cut fence and tied up a security guard on duty with a rope before getting away with a variety of tools, a laptop and cash amount of money. Intelligence led operation immediately ensued following shoe prints found at the crime scene until the two were arrested. A Futsi laptop, welding machine, Ryobi grinding machine, two bobejaan spanner and cash were recovered,” explained Ngoepe.
Ngoepe said during roadblocks and stop and searches, 383 motor vehicles were searched, 612 people were searched and 192 vehicles were tested.