Suspect arrested with firearm

A 38-year-old Bloemendal man is in police custody following his arrest last night for allegedly being in possession of an illegal firearm and ammunition.

According to police information, on Saturday evening, 13/08 at about 23:10, SAPS Bethelsdorp Crime Prevention Unit members were patrolling the gang hotspot area in Bloemendal when they spotted a nervous looking male walk into a yard in Scholtz Street after spotting the police vehicle. The suspect proceeded to knock on the door. The members stopped in front of the house and approached the male. On searching him, a 9mm pistol and 12 rounds of ammunition was found in his possession.

He is detained on charges of illegal possession of a firearm and illegal possession of ammunition. Ownership is yet to be established.

He is expected to appear in the Gqeberha magistrate court on Monday, 15 August 2022.

Source: South African Police Service