Men steal gun from cop and shoot him

Philippi police arrested 22 wanted suspects from Hanover Park between the ages of 18 and 31 years old for various crimes.

Athlone police are searching for two men who attacked and shot a traffic officer on Thursday November 15.

According to Manenberg SAPS spokesman, Captain Ian Bennett, a 46-year-old traffic officer was attacked, shot and injured in Weltevreden at 5.30pm.

Captain Bennett said the officer had pulled off several vehicles for routine traffic checks and as he prepared to pull over another car, two men grabbed him from behind and wrestled him for his firearm. They ripped the weapon from his belt, including the holster and retention cord, with 15 rounds of ammunition.

The officer tried to run away but as he ran, the men fired a single shot, hitting him from behind in his left thigh.

The men fled on foot and the officer drove himself to Gatesville Melomed Hospital. Cases of attempted murder and firearm ammunition theft have been opened.

Philippi police arrested three people in Hanover Park on Thursday November 15, during stop-and-searches, including at well-known drug dens and a 30-year-old man and woman was arrested for the possession of unga in Henlyn Road.

A tip-off also led police to a house in Menlyn Crescent, Hanover Park, where crystal meth with an estimated street value of R5 800 was found. A 35-year-old man was arrested.

On the same day, police arrested a 51-year-old man for illegally dealing in liquor at Fontein Place, Hanover Park, where 39 750ml bottles of alcohol were confiscated. All suspects were due to appear in the Athlone Magistrate’s Court on Monday November 19.

Also on the same day, Philippi police arrested 22 wanted people, with 33 cases between them.

According to Philippi SAPS spokesman, Captain Lance Goliath, they were all from Hanover Park, were between the ages of 18 and 31, and were wanted for several different crimes including violent crimes such as murder, attempted murder, armed robbery, malicious damage to property and assault.

The suspects were all due to appear in the Athlone Magistrate’s Court this week.

On Tuesday November 13, Manenberg police arrested a 25-year-old woman for drug possession. The woman was caught with R5000 worth of tik and uncut unga, in Greatfish Road, Manenberg. She was arrested after police searched her bag, which she threw down as they approached her.

On the same day, a 46-year-old man was arrested in Gamtoos Road, Manenberg, after he was found with 40 mandrax tablets in his possession valued at R2 000.

Athlone police are looking for two men who broke into a house on Saturday November 10 in Carnie Road, Rylands Estate, at 2.30pm.

According to Athlone SAPS, a 57-year-old woman was sleeping when she heard a knock at the door but ignored it and went back to sleep. She said when she woke up she found two men had broken into her house using a crowbar.

She asked them what they wanted and they asked about a previous resident. When the woman told them that the person they were looking for no longer lived there, they took her cellphone and went into the other room where they took R9700 cash, 10 pairs of takkies valued at R30 000 and a black leather wallet with bank cards.

They then gave her cellphone back and threw a jug of water over all the places that had they touched and left.

A case of house robbery has been opened at Athlone police station.

Anyone with information regarding these incidents can contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111.