Police had a busy night in Waterkloof Ridge on Thursday evening as they nabbed seven suspects for a variety of crimes in three separate incidents.
The hectic evening kicked off at around 20:30 with a shootout after SAPS Brooklyn officers patrolling the area interrupted a house invasion in progress.
“Officers spotted a suspicious-looking white Volkswagen Golf 7 in front of a house in Johann Rissik Drive that looked suspicious,” said police spokesperson Captain Colette Weilbach.
“As they stopped to investigate an armed man exited the house and began shooting at the police.
The police officers returned fire and wounded one of the suspects. The suspects fled on foot.
The wounded suspect was arrested and taken to hospital under police guard.
Inside the house, they found a 55-year-old father, his wife, two teenage daughters and a friend of the father unharmed and tied up.
The suspects had ransacked the house and took cash, jewellery, cellphones and other items.
Another Brooklyn SAPS patrol vehicle responded and found two men hiding in the bushes in Orion Street.
When the men were searched, an unlicensed firearm and ammunition and a pillowcase with jewellery and other stolen items were found in their possession.
The items were apparently taken during the house robbery.
The two men, who are in their thirties and from Atteridgeville, were immediately arrested.
“After further investigation it was discovered that the vehicle that they used was hijacked in Sunnyside earlier this year,” said Weilbach.
“A blue light and a signal jamming device were also found inside their vehicle.”
Bolt cutters are often used in housebreak-in cases to gain entry to premises.
Later the evening, Tshwane Central police officers were patrolling the same area in Waterkloof Ridge and found a white Audi A3 in Rigel Avenue next to the road with four occupants. They stopped to investigate.
When searching the four men, two unlicensed firearms with ammunition were found on them. Gloves were also discovered inside the vehicle.
The four suspects, all said to be in their twenties, were from Garankuwa, Soshanguve, Atteridgeville and Marabastad. The men were arrested.
All seven arrested men will appear in the Pretoria magistrate’s and Hatfield community courts next week.
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Charges include house robbery, possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition, possession of stolen goods and possession of housebreak-in equipment.
Further investigation will establish whether the suspects can be linked to other crimes.
Brooklyn SAPS acting station commander Colonel Solly Machoga commended the officers involved for their swift response.
He said the police will continue to work hard in the fight against crimes to ensure that residents are safe.
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