Durban Central police on Monday arrested eight suspects aged between 25 and 35 on suspicion of theft in the Durban CBD.
Police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbhele said officers conducted an intelligence driven operation to follow up information about four copper memorial plaques that were stolen in Gardner Street, outside the Durban City Hall last week.
The copper plates were part of a memorial commemorating the South African Soldiers who died during the World Wars.
“Eight suspects aged between 25 and 35 years were arrested and detained at Durban Central police station after they were linked to the theft of the copper plates. A 9mm pistol with 15 rounds of ammunition was also recovered,” Mbhele said.
“The arrested suspects will appear in the Durban Magistrate’s Court soon on charges of theft and possession of an illegal firearm and ammunition. The metal has been handed over to the South African Army for safe keeping while the investigation continues.