Johannesburg - A crime intelligence-driven operation in conjunction with Johannesburg flying squad members and the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) led to the arrest on Friday afternoon of three suspects between the ages of 35 to 38 for possession of unlicensed firearms, ammunition, and hijacked cars in Ntemi Piliso Street, next to Westgate taxi rank in Johannesburg, Gauteng police said.
"Police receive a tip-off about a white Kia with firearms inside; they spotted a vehicle at Pritchard Street and tried to stop it. It accelerated [at] speed, skipping the red robots, and [a] chase ensued until it was stopped at the above mentioned streets," Captain Xoli Mbele said.
The driver managed to run away but three suspects were apprehended. Police searched the car and recovered three rifles - two AK 47s, an LM 5, two pistols, and ammunition.
"When police compared the vehicle it came out positive that it was reported hijacked at Moffatview police station in July 2015. It was using [a] wrong registration number when the police stopped it."
One of the suspects had two car keys and led police to Anderson Street, where cars were parked - a silver VW Polo and a white VW Golf 7. Four vehicles were impounded, including a Peugeot.
The police investigation was continuing and the arrested suspects would appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court soon, Mbele said.
African News Agency/ANA