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Cape Town - A woman and two men, one of them a police officer, have been arrested for being in possession of a stolen firearm and ammunition in Parow in Cape Town, Western Cape police said.

Members of the Cape Town police K9 unit were conducting crime prevention patrols in Parow Street in Parow at about 2pm on Friday when they noticed a man entering a residence known to be a "drug house", Captain FC van Wyk said.

At the time the Tygerberg policing cluster crime combatting unit (CCU) were conducting a search operation at the premises and searched the man when he entered the house. Three 9mm rounds of ammunition were found in his pocket.

The CCU continued searching the residence while the K9 unit members questioned the man. They were then approached by a woman who indicated that she was the man's mother. They questioned her and went to her car which was parked nearby. Another man was sitting in the car. Upon searching the car police recovered a 9mm Vector pistol and a magazine loaded with 12 rounds of ammunition.

"Through further questioning it was established that the man in whose possession the ammunition was found was a 24-year-old constable stationed at Athlone police station. The 53-year-old woman was indeed his mother and the other 32-year-old man a friend. They all reside in Elsies River.

"The investigation was concluded when it was established that the firearm and magazine had been stolen from a safe at Athlone police station in February this year and a case docket had been opened at the time."

The three were arrested and detained at the Parow police station. They would appear in the Parow Magistrate's Court on Monday, Van Wyk said.
African News Agency