Five arrested over Peddie police firearms heist

Five men have been arrested in connection with the brazen heist at the Peddie police station last month, when firearms – including assault rifles – were stolen from a secure storeroom.

The gang broke into the police station’s strongroom through the roof and stole 30 police firearms.

The storeroom register showed that 12 R5 assault rifles, 12 handguns and six shotguns were missing after the burglary.

Provincial police spokeswoman Brigadier Marinda Mills said three suspects had been arrested in Peddie, one in East London and one in Cape Town. They were being ferried to the Eastern Cape yesterday.

“Several individuals have been taken in for questioning and, so far, four men have been charged and another is to be charged soon.

“Charges are being formulated but it relates to illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.”

Mills said eight of the firearms had been recovered.

No police officials had been arrested, she said.

After the burglary, the police station commander was taken in for questioning and later transferred.

Mills confirmed an internal disciplinary probe was under way.

She said more arrests were expected to be made and appealed to anyone with information about the robbery to call the crime stop number 08600-10111 or report it to their nearest police station.

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