Ten alleged cash-in-transit (CIT) robbers were arrested within hours after a CIT robbery near Brits on Monday, and police recovered money, vehicles and firearms.
The robbers crashed into the cash van on the Majakaneng Bridge on Monday morning and forced it off the road. According to police spokesperson Col Brenda Muridili, the robbers disarmed two security officers and forced open the cash van to get to the money. While removing money, the security escort vehicle driver opened fire and a shootout ensued.
“The robbers then hijacked a vehicle in the vicinity and fled the scene in an unknown number of vehicles with an undisclosed amount of money, as well as two firearms taken from the security guards,” Muridili said.
“The police immediately implemented a 72-hour activation plan where all necessary resources were mobilised. A team comprising of members from Public Order Police, Boitekong Visible Policing, Operational Command Centre and Mounted Unit embarked on a manhunt for the perpetrators. Within hours after the CIT robbery took place, the team managed to locate and arrest 10 suspects and confiscated a Lexus, an Audi, a Volkswagen Caravelle and Hyundai minibus. They also found stained cash as well as six rifles, six pistols and ammunition.”
The hijacked vehicle and a white BMW was later found abandoned on the R556, Sun City road.
All suspects will be appearing in Brits Magistrates Court on charges of aggravated robbery, hijacking, possession of explosives, possession of suspected stolen money and possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.