Three alleged poachers are behind bars after they were arrested on route to commit poaching around Ohrigstad and Lydenburg areas.
The police in Ohrigstad are winning the fight against illegal poaching; this follows the arrest of the suspects. They are between the ages of 33-48, and were nabbed on Saturday at the Caltex Filling Station in Ohrigstad .
The arrests followed after the police received a tip off about the three suspects.
“An operation comprising of the Ohrigstad Crime Prevention Unit, Provincial Rhino Poaching Unit, Tactical Respond Team (TRT) and the Ohrigstad Farmers was conducted and at around 20:30 the suspects who were driving a silver Mazda 6 were spotted at Caltex by the team,” said Ohrigstad SAPS spokesman Sgt Kholofelo Phokane”
He said upon searching those suspects the police recovered a hunting rifle with serial numbers filed off, eight live rounds, a silencer, two bush knives, Q20 spray, spark spray and also an axe.
The suspects are all from Bushbuckridge in the Mpumalanga province. They were
arrested and charged with possession of unlawful firearm, possession of unlawful ammunition and possession of dangerous weapons, they will all appear at the Praktiseer
Magistrate’s Court soon.
According to the SAPS, the firearm will be taken to the forensic Lab to check if it was not used in the commission of other crimes and for linking purposes.
Meanwhile In April this year, three suspects also from Mpumalanga province were arrested at Ohrigstad for similar offences and their case is still ongoing.
The suspects were denied bail and they will appear again at Burgersfort regional court in October this year.
The station commander of Ohrigstad SAPS Capt Jeanette Nape warned all would be criminal’s especially illegal poachers that Ohrigstad will not be a playground for criminals and that the police will stop at nothing to ensure that those who don’t obey the laws of this country will be brought to books.