A 43-year-old man was arrested by the police in the Eastern Cape on Monday, 29 November after allegedly participating in the armed robbery of a cash-in-transit vehicle in Gqeberha on the same day.
CASH-IN-TRANSIT HEIST AT CASH AND CARRY
Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) spokesperson Captain Yolisa Mgolodela said a Fidelity cash-in-transit vehicle reportedly collected money from Broadways Cash and Carry on Monday when one of the guards was allegedly approached by three armed men who held him at gunpoint.
“The trio disarmed and robbed the security guard an undisclosed amount of money before they fled the scene in a silver grey Almera sedan with a GP registration plate,” said Mgolodela.
The Gqeberha Crime Combatting Unit (CCU) and Mthatha National Investigation Unit (NIU) worked with the Gqeberha Serious Organised Crime Investigation team and operationalised a lead about the getaway vehicle, which led to the arrest of the suspect in Salsonville.
SUSPECT ARRESTED IN GETAWAY CAR
The multidisciplinary team found a vehicle matching the description of the alleged getaway car inside a Salsonville yard.
“One suspect was found in the car with some of the money suspected to have been robbed from the CIT crime scene,” said the Hawks spokesperson.
The 43-year-old man was arrested on charges of cash-in-transit robbery, possession of an illegal firearm and possession of suspected stolen property. After the arrest, the case docket was handed to the Hawks for further investigation.
The suspect is expected to appear in court imminently and the investigation into the whereabouts of his alleged accomplices continues. Hawks head in the Eastern Cape Major General Obed Ngwenya praised the team for the speedy arrest.