Police chase results in three arrests

Mitchells Plain police handing out pamphlets in the Town Centre.

Mitchell’s Plain police, in partnership with Traffic Services, held a joint high density operation in AZ Berman Drive in Beacon Valley on Friday March 10, from 11am to 3pm.

Police checked eight vehicles and issued 12 fines, totalling R17 100, for various traffic violations including driving without a valid driver’s licence.

The operation started with foot patrols and stop-and-search operations in the Town Centre area. Officers then handed out pamphlets as part of an awareness campaign on domestic violence, drug abuse and anti-gangsterism.

Mitchell’s Plain police arrested three men for being in possession of a 9mm pistol and several rounds of ammunition.

The police responded to the Cyclops (CCTV) footage of men driving in three motor vehicles in the Mitchell’s Plain area on Friday March 10, at 1.05am.

After spotting the vehicles, they gave chase and apprehended the three men, aged 19 to 38 years old, in De Duin Street, Westridge, in an Opel Corsa.

When police searched the vehicle, they found a firearm and ammunition in the boot. They also confiscated a bulletproof vest, two balaclavas, a big hammer, knife and a pair of gloves.

The men will appear in the Mitchell’s Plain Magistrate’s Court on charges relating to possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

In a separate incident, later the same day – at 3.15pm – Mitchell’s Plain police arrested a 20-year-old man for possession of dagga in Hamerkop Street, Rocklands. When the man was stopped and searched, police found 24 dagga stoppe in his possession.

After a woman and her child withdrew a large undisclosed sum of cash at a bank in Town Centre, on Saturday February 25, they were held at gunpoint and robbed, around 10.15am.

The two had taken a taxi to Westgate Mall from the Town Centre and while they were walking to the mall, after having been dropped on the side of Weltevreden Parkway, the woman was confronted by three men. At gunpoint, they forcefully grabbed her handbag which contained the cash and personal belongings.

They then fled the scene in a white Nissan 1400. The police are appealing to the community to come forward with information about this incident. If you can help, contact Detective Sergeant Van Ryneveldt on 083 648 6239.