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Safe full of firearms found in veld

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Safe believed to have been stolen during earlier burglary

FOUND: A Northern Cape police task team launched an intensive search for suspects after a safe containing firearms and ammunition was found in an open piece of veld in Hotazel. Picture: SAPS

POLICE in Hotazel, near Kuruman, are searching for suspects after an abandoned safe containing various firearms and ammunition was discovered in a veld by community members.

Police spokesperson, Captain Olebogeng Tawana, said that the discovery was made yesterday afternoon.

“On Wednesday, at approximately 4pm, police in Kuruman recovered an abandoned safe with four hunting rifles, a shotgun and 350 rounds of ammunition for different calibres of firearms. The ammunition included 100 rounds of .38 special revolver bullets, 50 rounds of R5 rifle bullets, 18 rounds of 308 rifle bullets and 89 rounds for 2.2 long rifle bullets,” said Tawana.

He added that it is suspected that the safe was stolen during a burglary earlier this month.

“The safe was spotted by community members who were busy collecting wood. Preliminary investigations indicate that the safe, firearms and ammunition, as well as jewellery, which are estimated to be worth thousands of rands, were stolen during a burglary between July 8 and 9, 2017.”

Tawana added that the community members were praised for alerting the police about the matter.

“The acting Provincial Commissioner of the Northern Cape, Major General de Waal, has lauded the discovery and commended the community members for alerting the police after they spotted the safe.

“We request anyone with information that could assist the police track down those who were involved in the dumping of the safe and firearms to contact Captain Doggy Magugu of Trio Crimes Task Team on 082 469 0578. All information will be treated as confidential,” Tawana said.