Foreign currency, firearm and ammunition recovered from burglars

The West Rand Flying Squad enjoyed great success again when several officers responded to reports of a burglary in Azaadville around 2.30pm on Wednesday 16th February.

Three flying squad cars, which were at various locations in Krugersdorp, reacted quickly and arrived at the home in question to find five intruders who had entered the home disguised as beggars.

Warrant Officer J Diedericks, one of the first to respond to the scene, explained: “We went to the scene quickly and found the five suspects in possession of a firearm with 17 rounds and another box with 50 cartridges, plus foreign currency for the value of R35,297.96 – all of which were stolen.

Communications manager Karen du Plessis added that “the owner of the house suffered no injuries and all suspects were arrested with no shots fired.”

The other members of the Flying Squad responsible for taking the suspects into custody were Warrant Officer Dhladhla, Sergeant Baloyi, Sergeant Sebake, Sergeant Qete and Constable Malwela. The suspects have been taken to Kagiso Police Cell and will appear in court on Friday, February 18.

Diedericks explained that thugs often pretend to be beggars.

As soon as someone opens the door for them, they rush. Owners are often tied up and this can be a traumatic experience for victims.

He warned the public to be aware and cautious of such tactics.

Lieutenant Colonel L Pillay, Commanding Officer of the West Rand Flying Squad, and Brigadier S Kilian, Provincial Commander-in-Chief, praised the members for their quick response, avoiding any injuries, ensuring the suspects did not escape and for their excellent teamwork.