Four ar­rested af­ter Tza­neen cash-in­tran­sit heist

African Times - - Front Page - MASHUDU SADIKE

LIMPOPO po­lice have ar­rested four cash-in tran­sit rob­bers in Hoed­spruit on Tues­day night, af­ter they pulled off the sec­ond cash de­liv­ery rob­bery in the prov­ince in less than two weeks.

Spokesper­son Bri­gadier Mot­lafela Mo­japelo says the G4S se­cu­rity guards were trans­port­ing money along the R71 road be­tween Let­sitele and Tarentaal out­side Tza­neen when about 10 sus­pects trav­el­ling in two cars at­tacked them.

The sus­pects al­legedly started spray­ing the wheels of the se­cu­rity ve­hi­cle with gun­fire and af­ter it came to a stop, they or­dered the three se­cu­rity guards out at gun­point be­fore blast­ing it with ex­plo­sives.

“The sus­pects fled the scene af­ter tak­ing an undis­closed amount of money when the po­lice were called in and re­acted swiftly. Within min­utes the ve­hi­cles were spot­ted,” said Mo­japelo.

Mo­japelo says that the sus­pects were ar­rested af­ter one of their cars was cor­nered next to Swa­dini in Hoed­spruit. A high speed car chase en­sued.

“Mem­bers of the Farm Watch along the Hoed­spruit/ Laden­burg road joined in a car chase and as­sisted in block­ing the route. A shootout en­sued be­tween the po­lice and the sus­pects when we cor­nered one of their ve­hi­cles.”

He said that of the five sus­pects, who were aged be­tween 25 and 43, one was fa­tally wounded and the other three were nabbed. One of them man­aged to flee on foot.

“The other ve­hi­cle was cor­nered next to Stri­j­dom Tun­nel and af­ter a shootout the sus­pects aban­doned it and fled on foot when po­lice man­aged to ap­pre­hend one of them while oth­ers were still be­ing pur­sued,” he added.

The fol­low­ing weapons and cars were re­cov­ered at the scene, among oth­ers:

•A white Mercedes Benz ML,

•A black Audi

•Two AK 47 ri­fles

•One R4 ri­fle

• A pis­tol

•Two po­lice bul­let proof vests

•Two army bul­let proof vests

•Blue lights

• Two bags of money

•A two way ra­dio

Mo­japelo be­lieves that two of the sus­pects are likely to be in­volved in other cash in tran­sit heists com­mit­ted in Limpopo and Mpumalanga.

The coun­try has been marred by sev­eral cash in tran­sit heists in re­cent weeks.

Last week, African Times re­ported that the Hawks ar­rested seven sus­pects in Seshego and Grob­lers­dal in con­nec­tion with a cash-in tran­sit heist where the sus­pects al­legedly robbed an SBV ve­hi­cle on the Mat­lala road out­side Polok­wane.

The sus­pects have since ap­peared at the Seshego mag­is­trate court on charges of rob­bery and il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of fire arms and am­mu­ni­tion.

Limpopo Pro­vin­cial Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Nneke Led­waba has com­mended the mem­bers of the po­lice for their swift re­sponse.

“This is yet an­other mes­sage that we are send­ing to other crim­i­nals out there that their days are num­bered,” said Led­waba.

Mo­japelo said that the sus­pects ar­rested at the scene will ap­pear at the Tza­neen mag­is­trate court in due cause and more ar­rests were ex­pected.

AR­RESTED: Limpopo po­lice ar­rested four men who robbed a G4S cash de­liv­ery van on the R71 be­tween Let­sitele and Tarentaal near Tza­neen. Photos: SAPS.

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