Public tip-off leads to weapons bust

Vaal Rand police investigators said they believed a double-storey house filled with suspected stolen goods...

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Vaal Rand police investigators said they believed a double-storey house filled with suspected stolen goods and a weapons cache was a syndicate storage facility.<?xml:namespace prefix="o" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"?>

Officers raided the house on Wednesday and found eight rifles, two handguns, grenades, stun grenades and a coil of explosives, like those used in ATM bombings.

Investigators also found about 50 cars on the property which were being checked to determine whether they had been stolen.

Rooms were filled with suspected stolen electrical pumps and toys, possibly from truck hijackings.

The police’s Nicholas Hadebe said his officers were acting on a public tip-off about stolen goods but found much more.

"So, according to me, although I am not an expert on explosives, but I have identified one which I can link it, exactly the one which is used by the people when they are uploading the ATM machines."

Two men were being questioned in connection with Wednesday’s find.