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The suspect’s luck ran out thanks to some nifty detective work by Metro Police Officers during a routine stop at a vehicle checkpoint. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Metro Police Department (MPD) recovered a hijacked vehicle during weekend operations when officers manning a vehicle checkpoint at Mew Way in Khayelitsha on Sunday, 21 August 2016, stopped a motorist and noticed his car’s licence disc and number plate did not correspond.

Attempts to verify the vehicle details via the control room proved futile and so officers decided to search the vehicle and found documents with contact details. When they called the number on one of the documents, they discovered that the vehicle had been hijacked the day before in Lwandle, Strand. Officers arrested the driver of the vehicle.In Hanover Park, members of the Metro Police Gang and Drug Task Team arrested a 24-year-old suspect affiliated to the Americans gang at 05:30 yesterday morning for possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition. They confiscated a 9 mm short Pietro Beretta and 14 rounds of ammunition. On Saturday, 20 August 2016, Metro Police officers reacted to a tip off about an illegal firearm being kept at a house in Parow. A search of the premises revealed an old Wembley .38 special revolver. Officers arrested a suspect in connection with the discovery.

‘These incidents are further proof of the quality of policing that Metro Police is delivering, in conjunction with more and more tip-offs from the public. I’m very proud of the work our staff are doing on a daily basis and I hope that the public too can appreciate their efforts to make our communities safer,’ said Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.

Elsewhere, the MPD arrested 18 motorists for driving under the influence of alcohol. A number of the suspects were caught after officers spotted them committing moving violations. One of the suspects was taken into custody in the early hours of Friday, 19 August 2016, after officers on patrol along the N1 highway came across an accident scene where a number of people sustained injuries. The officers noticed that the driver of the one vehicle was under the influence of alcohol and took him to the Shadow Centre to have his blood drawn because the driver could not blow properly into the breathalyzer to be tested. The driver was arrested for driving while under the influence of alcohol and for reckless and negligent driving.

Metro Police also arrested eight suspects for possession of drugs in Atlantis, Manenberg, Hanover Park and Bellville, and confiscated various quantities of dagga, tik, cocaine and mandrax. It later emerged that one of the suspects arrested in Manenberg was wanted in connection with a recent gang-related shooting in the area and has a pending attempted murder case.

On the roads, Cape Town Traffic Services arrested 45 suspects and issued 2 973 fines for various offences. The majority of those arrested were caught driving under the influence of alcohol.

Furthermore, just after 10:00 on Sunday, 21 August 2016, an officer attached to the Ghost Squad was stopped by two pedestrians in Parow who indicated that they had been robbed by the occupants of a Toyota Tazz. The officer spotted the vehicle speeding in the direction of Voortrekker Road and gave chase. The vehicle was brought to a stop at the corner of 35th Avenue and Owen Road in Elsies River with the assistance of various other law enforcement agencies and four suspects were arrested. Officers also recovered a toy gun.

The City’s Law Enforcement Social Housing Unit meanwhile arrested five suspects for possession of drugs, stolen goods, and possession of housebreaking implements in Hanover Park, Ravensmead, Uitsig and Eureka Park on Saturday, 20 August 2016. Officers also issued fines totalling R8 600 and recovered five hollow point rounds of ammunition and 20 mandrax tablets.

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