PRETORIA - The National Commissioner of Police, General Khehla John Sitole has welcomed the swift arrest of 12 suspects linked to a cash-in-transit robbery that occurred this morning in Tlhabane in the North West where robbers made off with an undisclosed amount of money.
The police recovered four firearms and ammunition, cash and six suspected stolen vehicles during the arrest.
It is reported the at about 09:15, three security guards were allegedly robbed of the money they had just collected from a supermarket at Zinniaville Shopping Complex on the Bellflower Road. Shots were fired during the robbery but no one was injured. The suspects fled the scene in two vehicles, a Mercedes Benz and a Toyota Etios.
The Province immediately implemented the 72-Hour-Activation plan which saw all the necessary resources implemented timeously.
Crime Intelligence provided leads to the Tracking Team which then operationalised the information and moved swiftly to a house in the Bokamoso area in Rustenburg where they confronted the suspects at about 14:00.
Eight men and a woman were arrested at the scene. Three illegal firearms and ammunition, four suspected stolen vehicles as well as cash robbed from the security guards in the morning were recovered during the arrest.
Some of the team members moved to the next location in Rustenburg North, where they arrested three men and confiscated an illegal rifle and ammunition as well as two suspected stolen motor vehicles.
All 12 suspects have at this stage been positively linked to the robbery that occurred in the morning at Zinniaville Shopping Complex. They will be facing possible charges that include robbery with aggravating circumstances, possession of illegal firearms and ammunition, possession of suspected stolen motor vehicles and possession of suspected stolen cash. The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation will be investigating this case further.
The National Commissioner has praised the team that has traced and arrested the suspects and commended them for the swift manner in which they implemented the 72-Hour Activation plan. I am pleased with the hard work that went into apprehending the alleged robbers within a few hours after the robbery. CIT robberies are crimes that create fear in our communities. We will continue to counter the criminals' modus operandi and together with the banking and security industries we will reduce this heinous crime and continue to stamp the authority of the State, said General Sitole.
The public is encouraged to send crime tip-offs on the MySAPS APP or to contact the SAPS Crime Stop number ?08600 10111. All information received will be treated with confidentiality.??
Source: South African Police Service