A suspect who was arrested while in possession of a live hand grenade has been revealed to be one wanted in several firearms related crimes, police said. According to police, the suspect was taken into custody at Walgama in Matara yesterday along with the live hand grenade.

The suspect is a 27-year-old resident of Kottawa. Upon further interrogation, the suspect had confessed to having robbed a gold chain at gunpoint on May 26. He was also wanted for an incident where shots were fire at a residence on August 01.

Two other suspects wanted in connection with the shooting incident were also subsequently arrested on information provided by the first suspect.

All three suspects are due to be produced before the Matara Magistrate’s Court today. Matara police are investigating.