Kimberley blitz: 17 wanted suspects rounded up in one night

The police in the Northern Cape arrested more than a dozen wanted suspects on Friday night, 19 November. Kimberley detectives searched nearly 40 premises in the tracing operation.

17 WANTED SUSPECTS ARRESTED IN KIMBERLEY

South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson Captain Sergio Kock said the Kimberley detectives followed up on information and launched a tracing operation at midnight on Friday.

“On Friday, 19 November 2021 between 00:00 and 8:00 vigilant detectives searched 39 premises and pounced on unsuspecting wanted suspects at their homes in Kimberley and surrounding areas,” said Kock.

The suspects, including 13 men and 4 women, are wanted for charges related to assault with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm, malicious property damage, theft of motor vehicles, house breaking, theft and shoplifting, according to the police.

The suspects are expected to appear before the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court imminently.

Major General Johan Bean commended the Northern Cape capital’s branch commander Colonel Rassie Victor and his team of detectives for the “excellent arrests” and a job well done.

“The actions forms part of the Safer Festive Season operations and police will continue unabatedly to ensure that criminals are removed from the streets and brought to justice,” said Bean.

In an unrelated incident on Wednesday, 17 November, Northern Cape detectives raided an alleged drug laboratory in Carters Glen and confiscated drugs, equipment and utensils used in the manufacturing process worth an approximate R1 million.

Bean said that drugs would be one of the focus areas for the police in the province this festive season.

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