Swift action from the Hillcrest SAPS, Shongweni K9 Unit and members of the Community Policing Forum led to the arrest of a suspect that has been terrorising businesses in Bothas Hill.
On Friday, 5 February, police units received a tip-off from the CPF of two men spotted carrying stolen goods.
Police were able to track down the suspected men by dispersing various units into the area, it seems when the suspects noticed police arrival they fled on foot, fortunately one of the suspects was arrested whilst the other managed to escape. It is believed that arrested suspect is linked to a number of burglaries in the Bothas Hill and surrounding areas. He is expected to be charged and appear in the Ntuzuma Magistrates Court.
In another operation conducted on the same day, Crime Intelligence and visible Policing member’s received a tip -off of a wanted man wandering around the Ezimangweni area, Inanda. When police arrived in the area the suspect opened fire at police officers who then returned fire resulting to the suspect being shot in the leg.
The 20-year-old suspect was apprehended and taken to hospital for medical attention; police seized a firearm which will be subjected to ballistic testing to determine if it was used in any of the crimes he is accused of.
The suspect is wanted for cases of car hijacking, business robberies and house robberies in the Inanda and Ntuzuma areas.
The Police Commissioner in KwaZulu-Natal, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni commended the police for their diligence in catching these wanted criminals. Ngobeni said, “We appreciate the assistance provide by the community through the CPF. Criminals must realise that members of the community will not allow them to operate freely in their neighbourhoods and that they will be reported to police. We once again appeal to our communities not to buy stolen and counterfeit goods as it contributes to criminality”.