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SAPS arrest one

In yet another shocking twist, police have arrested one of their own and several alleged accomplices on charges of possession of stolen vehicles and prohibited firearms in Montana, Bishop Lavis.

According to a police statement, an off-duty detective, driving an official SAPS vehicle whilst having a police radio in his possession, was arrested during a joint operation conducted on Saturday afternoon, 4 August.

According to the statement, the operation included the assistance of the Cape Town K9 Unit, Flying Squad and a team from Netstar Tracker to trace a vehicle that had been hijacked in a house robbery earlier in the week.

The vehicle they were attempting to trace was a white Toyota Corolla Quest sedan. According to the statement the police members approached a house in Friesland Street at approximately 15:10.

Members noticed a Mercedes Benz parked on the sidewalk in front of the premises and a white Nissan double-cab bakkie in the street.

Upon entering the premises, they spotted the Toyota Quest and a number of men in the yard. The suspects scattered in various directions when they noticed the police, but three of the men were apprehended after which a prohibited firearm was found in the possession of one of the three, the statement reads.

At that point, the Nissan that had been parked in front of the house sped off and was then pursued by the Nestar helicopter. The Nestar helicopter relayed the movements to the police.

Police gave chase and the man, who fled the scene on foot, was caught not far from there, the statement reads.

A bag containing a prohibited firearm, a 9mm Norinco pistol, was recovered on the roof of an outbuilding on the premises, and the police also found an open safe in the backyard, the statement reads.

When a Toyota Hiace on the premises was searched, members found two more firearms, an R5 rifle and a Luger pistol.

Further investigation revealed that the Mercedes Benz parked in front of the premises had been stolen during a hijacking in Lansdowne the previous month, according to the statement. Guided by the helicopter, members pulled over the Nissan in Valhalla Park and apprehended the driver, a 36-year-old male off-duty detective.When the search of the residence continued, police members found a banknote-counting machine, toy pellet guns and a crowbar.

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