Limpopo police recover R1,5 million worth of goods

Cars backed up on the N1 outside Polokwane where police conducted stop-and-search operations.

POLOKWANE – Intelligence-driven joint operations comprising of various police units, including Crime Intelligence, POP, Crime Prevention and local detectives conducted various operations stretching across the province from Wednesday, 15 March until this morning (Friday).
Over the course of this period, R1,5 million worth of goods were recovered.
Maake, Phalaborwa, Seshego, Bela-Bela, Thohoyandou, Burgersfort, Modimolle, Groblersdal and Magatle were the focus areas of the operation.
In the Maake policing area outside Tzaneen, three suspects aged 23, 26 and 31 were arrested in Tickyline village for a series of criminal activities and the following items were recovered:
1 x pumpgun and 10 rounds
2 x firearms, 18 live ammunition rounds and 2 magazines

Photo: Limpopo Police

2 x grinders
2 x gas bottles
3 x bolt cutters
1 x hammer
2 x brazing gas bottles
2 x bull cutters
1 x gas musk
2 x hammers

Photo: Limpopo Police

2 x grinders and 8 steel grinder discs
Along with balaclavas, hand gloves, chisels, screw drivers, pliers, scissors for corrugated iron and clothes.
Two vehicles, a Toyota Tazz and a Honda Ballade were also recovered.

Provincial Police Spokesperson, Lt Col. Moatshe Ngoepe, said the suspects arrested may be linked to a series of safe grindings, housebreakings and business robbery incidents in the province and beyond. According to Ngoepe, more arrests are expected.
He added that police units in various other areas also rendered successful operations. These include Seshego, Bela Bela, Burgersfort, Thohoyandou, Modimolle, Groblersdal, Magatle and Phalaborwa.
Ngoepe said 32 highly wanted suspects aged between 19 and 46 were arrested for a variety of crimes such as house breaking, residential and bussiness robberies,dealing and possession of dagga and carjacking among others.

Photo: Limpopo Police

During these arrests, the following items were recovered:
5 x illegal firearms
4 x stolen motor vehicles
Along with cellphones, paint, dagga plants, sachets of dagga, clothes, copper cables, shoes and cash.

Photo: Limpopo Police

“The suspects will appear in different courts around Limpopo on a variety of cases soon. The police are taking action against criminals and this is evident in the successes we have had,” Ngoepe said.
He added that all of the success is because of the assistance of the people in the policing areas. “Residents give the police honest and quality information and this leads to crime prevention and reduction. We as the police thank the community for their assistance and urge residents to come forward and give more information that will help protect themselves and ensure a safer community to live in. He said the police operations are still ongoing and criminals should be warned,” Ngoepe said.

Different police vehicles ready for action on the N1 outside Polokwane where vehicles were stopped and searched.

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