At least one suspect was arrested and various incriminating evidence was recovered in a house in Atteridgeville within hours after a robbery on a Cash-in-transit (CIT) vehicle yesterday.
A group or robbers brazenly attacked a CIT vehicle using explosives in Lotus Gardens, West of Pretoria just before sunset yesterday.
The robbers forced the CIT vehicle to a halt after firing shots at it. The guards were subsequently disarmed of their side arms and the suspects used explosives to blow open the safe of the vehicle. They fled taking an undisclosed amount of money as well as the pistols belonging to the guards.
A joint task team comprising of members of Crime Intelligence, the Hawks, the Gauteng Operational Command Centre as well as a National Intervention team worked tirelessly through the night.
Intelligence led the SAPS team to a house at Kgokong Street, Atteridgeville where they arrested one suspect and recovered the two vehicles which were used by the robbers. The team also recovered a Norinco 9mm pistol which belongs to one of the guards, and ammunition as well as tens of thousands of rands. A navy blue CIT money bag was also found in the boot of one or the getaway vehicles.
The owner of the house was arrested for being in unlawful possession of arms and ammunition and for being in possession of property suspected to be stolen.
Further investigations led the SAPS team to a house in Kuba Street in Kalafong where they recovered a third vehicle which was used by the robbers.
“The joint task team is hot on the heels of the robbers and will not rest until they are found and brought to book”, said General Khehla John Sitole.
We appeal to anyone with any information about this robbery or crime in general to please contact our toll-free Crime Stop number 086 00 10111. Callers may remain anonymous and all information will be treated with strictest confidence.