Police in Port Elizabeth arrested a total of 61 suspects during crime prevention operations conducted over the past weekend.
The suspects were arrested for various crimes including possession of drugs, robbery, drunken driving, possession of suspected stolen property, murder, attempted murder, theft from motor vehicle, house robbery, unlawful possession of firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition, possession of housebreaking implements.
According to police, the high density operations were held in all areas within the Mount Police Cluster.
It is alleged that on the Saturday at about 01:50, members patrolling Bethelsdorp arrested three suspects for robbery and additional charge for one suspect for unlawful possession of firearm.
“As police stopped, one suspect walked away and was seen throwing a firearm on the ground and all three suspects were positively identified in a robbery which occurred earlier,” said police spokesperson, Colonel Priscilla Naidu.
She added that at about 23:30on Saturday, members were patrolling Libra Street in Gelvandale and they stopped a Toyota and searched, they found a 9mm pistol with 8 rounds in the vehicle and the Suspect was arrested and detained.
However, a total of 11 people were arrested for drunken driving cases this weekend meanwhile 29 people were also arrested for drug related cases.
“Suspects were charged for either possession of drugs or dealing in drugs and the arrests were affected during routine patrols and stop-and-search operations,” said Colonel Naidu.
Police are warning owners of vehicles not to park their vehicles on the road but inside their property.
“It has been noted that despite having a lock up garage or an allocated parking space inside a complex, owners choose to park their vehicles on the verges. As a result, they are broken into and owners are advised to be more responsible and to assist police in preventing crime in their areas,” she concluded.