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Panic over theft of rifles at Lephalale


Justin Steyn   l   Views: 187

The theft of 12 high-calibre rifles in Lephalale was likely to trigger panic buttons throughout the Waterberg, against the backdrop of increased incidents of the use of firearms in criminality.

According to provincial police spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe, the police in Villa Nora were on a manhunt for three suspects.

The threesome reportedly broke into a farmhouse and stole 12 hunting rifles, two hand-guns and several rounds of ammunition. 

The incident took place in the early hours of Monday, 20 November.

Ngoepe said the trio gained entry into the farmhouse through one of the windows, where they proceeded to the safe and stole the firearms and ammunition.

He further explained the owner of the farm was not home at the time when the crime was committed.

Ngoepe said a charge of the illegal possession of firearms in contravention of the Firearms Control Act was also being probed against the farmer. 

Firearm owners are reminded to, at all times, comply with the provisions governing the safekeeping of weapons in their possession. 

“As we battle against violent crimes that are often perpetrated through the use of firearms, we can’t afford a situation where firearms end up in the hands of criminals, due to non-ompliance by legal gunowners,” Ngoepe warned. 

Anyone with information which can lead to the apprehension of the suspects is requested to contact the Villa Nora police on (014) 763 7952/4.

4 months ago       23 November 2017