Seven arrests made during Operation Lockdown

Philippi SAPS arrested a 55-year-old woman in Algoa Court, Hanover Park, for illegally dealing in alcohol, on Thursday February 25. A large quantity of alcohol was confiscated.

Philippi police records indicated that burglaries, theft and robberies are on the increase in the precinct, which led them to shift their focus to second-hand dealers and shebeens, where stolen goods are often sold.

Station commander Colonel Dennis Abels urged the community not to buy items which they suspect or know were looted in a crime, as they could be arrested.

Anyone with information on crime in the Philippi SAPS precinct can call 021 690 1500.

* Lansdowne police arrested three people for the possession of a stolen vehicle on Thursday February 25.

The arrests came after the driver of a British American Tobacco (BAT) vehicle, spotted a white Corsa bakkie following him as he was doing delivery in the Lansdowne area. The driver explained that this bakkie followed him from Polux Road to Silvertree Store in Lansdowne Road, and at BP garage in Lansdowne Road. Fidelity guards who escorted the BAT driver, spotted the bakkie and chased after the suspects. The police were informed.

Lansdowne Crime Prevention team, Sergeant Doni Petersen and Sergeant Michael Mrubata, caught two suspects in Govan Mbeki Road and a third suspect ran away and was caught at Lansdowne Corner, after officers were searching for him.

The vehicle that the suspects were using, was hijacked in Mfuleni. The three men were charged with the possession of a stolen vehicle.

Anyone with information can contact Lansdowne detectives at 021 700 9000 or 082 576 2804.

* Meanwhile, Operation Lockdown continued in the Manenberg policing precinct on Thursday February 25. The operation was focused on illegal firearms and ammunition, drugs and all illegal gang activity, with an integrated approach, which included the City of Cape Town’s Law Enforcement stability unit and Metro Police.

The operation resulted in seven people being arrested, including one for the possession of an illegal firearm and ammunition.

A total of 224 people, 11 premises and 100 vehicles were searched, and 148 litres of alcohol were confiscated and fines totalling R18 500 were issued. One 9 mm pistol with 17 rounds of ammunition and a Zip gun, as well as 21 sticks of dagga, were confiscated.

Major General Vincent Beaton, Nyanga Cluster commander, commended all of the law enforcement agencies for their continued effort in ensuring the safety of the community.

He also expressed his appreciation for all volunteers, reservists, neighbourhood watch members, street committee members and Community Policing Forum (CPF) members for fostering a strong partnership with SAPS.

Anyone with information regarding any illegal activity can contact Crime Stop at 08600 10111.