Ivory Park Police Crime Prevention team recovered a vehicle full of suspected stolen property including four pistols on 12 October.
Police responded to a complaint of a house robbery taking place in Lindokuhle section in Ivory Park when they came across a Toyota Avanza with about five occupants.
Apparently, the vehicle switched off its lights and changed direction when police approached.
“Immediately after that, the occupants abandoned the vehicle and began shooting at the police without provocation,” said the spokesperson for the Ivory Park Police Station, Captain Bernard Matimulane.
Matimulane said when police searched the vehicle they found two plasma TVs, two microwave ovens and four pistols. Three of the pistols had magazines and no rounds of ammunition. “All the firearms had serial numbers and it was established that two of the pistols were registered under some dealerships in Johannesburg. Police are investigating the circumstance under which these firearms ended up in Ivory Park since they were not reported stolen.”
Cluster Commander of the Ekurhuleni North Police Station Major General Vincent Leshabane has praised Sergeant Lydia ‘Ace’ Tlhotse and Constable Sibulelo Makhubela involved in the recovery of the firearms.
“We would have loved to have recovered the firearms with the suspects, but we could derive comfort from the fact that these firearms will not be used to rob others,” said Leshabane.
The firearms will be taken for ballistics for further investigations.
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