Dogs find shiny revolver in yard

A revolver was found by dogs in a Moot yard recently. Photo: Supplied

A gun has been found in a Moot resident’s yard.

Police spokesperson Captain Anton Breedt said a resident recently found the firearm during a “cigarette break”.

“The owner of the premises in question was awaken in the early hours of the morning by his dogs barking continuously and decided to get up and go have a look at what they were so excited about,” Breedt said.

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“He decided to have an early morning smoke and waited for the dogs to take a comfort break.”

Breedt said that when the resident wanted to return to bed, his dogs would not go back inside the house with him.

“The dogs would not move from a certain spot in the garden and upon investigating, the resident found that they were sniffing at a point-38 revolver lying on the lawn.”

Breedt said that the firearm was still in mint condition and must have been disposed of recently by someone who had come into its possession illegally.

“The firearm was handed in at the Moot police station, booked for safekeeping and a general enquiry was opened to establish ownership and the history of the firearm,” he said.

“The serial number on the firearm was subsequently tested and it revealed that the owner of the firearm passed away in early 2016 and that the deceased used to live in the eastern suburbs of Pretoria.”

Breedt said that the firearm would now be sent to the police’s forensic lab where it would be tested to determine if it had been used in a crime.

In a separate case, members of the Moot sector police were approached by a vagrant in the area.

“The vagrant handed over several rounds of live ammunition he found in a dustbin in the Rietfontein area, but he could not remember exactly where,” Breedt said.

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“This is of great concern to the Moot police and we are appealing to gun-owners to dispose of such items in the correct and prescribed manner, as stipulated in the Firearms Control Act.”

“Firearm owners should cease the discarding firearms and ammunition in an improper way and assist police by complying with the law.”

Breedt reminded firearm owners to renew their firearm licence at least 90 days prior to the expiry date.

“The designated firearm officer can be contacted at the police station for any enquiries,” he said.

“The community are once again urged to report suspicious activities, persons or vehicles in their residential areas.”

Moot police station acting commander Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Nekhumbe warned firearm owners to daily ensure that their firearms were safe.

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