In a determined effort to maintain law and order within Newcastle’s borders, local law enforcement is showing no mercy to lawbreakers. This follows four successful arrests in a span of two days.
The first incident saw law enforcement successfully apprehend three individuals who had sought refuge in the town, attempting to evade justice in Gauteng.
These suspects were wanted for their involvement in a recent case of a stolen car in the Johannesburg area.
Newcastle Crime Fighter Task Team Imran Ghafoor, explained that the wanted men had been issued arrest warrants after failing to appear in court following their involvement in the theft of a motor vehicle in Johannesburg. “They did not make their court appearances, and the warrant of arrest was issued,” stated Ghafoor.
In an attempt to avoid the pursuit of the Gauteng South African Police Service (SAPS), these fugitives had chosen to hide within the confines of Newcastle. However, their presence did not go unnoticed, as information about their whereabouts was discreetly shared with local law enforcement. Informants even pointed out that the suspects were located in three different places within the town.
Acting on this valuable information, Ghafoor disclosed that an operational team, comprised of Newcastle SAPS officers, Winizibee Security personnel, and the Newcastle Crime Fighter Task Team, was deployed to track down and apprehend the wanted men.
“We arrested all three suspects on Friday, 9 November 2023, in Lennoxton. We took them into custody, and police officials from Johannesburg will now come to collect them,” Ghafoor confirmed.
In addition to this, another suspect was taken into custody on Thursday, 8 November 2023, for his role in an armed robbery in the CBD after he robbed a local resident of his cellphone.
With armed robberies being a cause of concern in Newcastle, the Newcastle SAPS Stabilising Unit, alongside the Newcastle Crime Fighter Task Team, Ressec Security, Magenta Security and Winzebee Security implemented a plan of action to trace the suspect down and bring him to justice.
According to Ghafoor, information was brought forward, and the robber was traced to Lennoxton. However, the arrest of the man did not go as easily as law enforcement had planned.
“When the suspect saw the operational team, he began to run, and we chased him from Lennoxton into the CBD. When we caught up with him and approached him, the suspect pulled out a knife,” said Ghafoor.
After finally removing the knife from his possession, the man was taken into custody and the man was charged with robbery, possession of a dangerous weapon and resisting arrest. In addition to this, it was discovered that the suspect was an undocumented foreign national.
With the four suspects now securely in custody, the community is invited to share their opinions on this development in the comment section below.