The Germiston Flying Squad Unit has once again demonstrated their unwavering vigilance and dedication in the fight against crime.
On 02 February 2024, members of the unit were conducting routine crime prevention duties when they noticed a grey Mercedes Benz travelling along R554 in Elsburg, South Africa.
Suspecting something amiss, the police officers decided to stop the vehicle. However, instead of cooperating, the suspects behind the wheel chose to evade the authorities by speeding away.
A high-speed chase ensued, spanning several kilometres, until the pursuit was finally brought to a halt at Buhle Park. The suspects’ vehicle was effectively immobilized by a boom gate, allowing the police to apprehend them.
Upon searching the vehicle, the officers made a startling discovery. The suspects were found to be in possession of a rifle, which bore a filed-off serial number, along with 31 rounds of live ammunition. Even more concerning, they also had explosive devices in their possession, which are believed to have been intended for use in ATM bombings.
Further investigations revealed that the grey Mercedes Benz used by the suspects had been reported stolen. Additionally, the vehicle had been fitted with false registration numbers in an attempt to avoid detection.
Both suspects, aged 30 and 45, were promptly arrested and are currently in custody. They are expected to appear before the Boksburg Magistrates’ Court on 05 February 2024, where they will face multiple charges related to the possession of illegal firearms, ammunition, and explosives, as well as the theft of a motor vehicle.
The successful outcome of this operation is a testament to the diligent efforts of the Germiston Flying Squad Unit and their commitment to ensuring the safety and security of the community. Their swift actions have undoubtedly prevented potential harm and further criminal activities.