Hartswater K9 Unit arrest tuck shop owner for possession of unlicensed firearms

A multidisciplinary, integrated crime prevention operation carried out by members of Hartswater K9 Unit, Crime intelligence, Hartswater Visible Policing members and detectives yielded success when they recovered 2 unlicensed firearms and subsequently arrested a 29-year-old man, a tuck-shop owner in Hartswater on Wednesday, 23 May 2019. Both firearms a .38 special and 7.65 pistol were found inside the suspect's tuck-shop during police search.

A .38 special revolver was reported stolen early January at Hartswater and upon investigation it was established that the 7.65 pistol's serial numbers were filled-off.

The suspect has been charged with possession of unlicensed firearms. He is expected to appear before the Hartswater Magistrate's Court soon.

The Northern Cape Deputy Provincial Commissioner for Visible Policing, Major General Phiwe Mguni, praised SAPS members for responding speedily to information received from community members by seizing and removing unlicensed firearms from the hands of the criminals.

Source: South African Police Service