HAWKS LAUNCH MANHUNT FOR CIT SUSPECTS

GAUTENG – The Directorate for Priority Crime investigation in collaboration with the South African Police Service have launched a serious manhunt to apprehend the outstanding dangerous suspects involved in the daring cash in transit heist incident that happened in Boksburg on Thursday.

It is alleged that two cash armoured vehicles en route from the depot to a bank in Kempton Park were confronted by about four vehicles with a group of heavily armed suspects. A brief shoot out ensued and the security guards were injured in the resultant skirmish. They were then disarmed and both the trucks were damaged with explosives. The suspects then fled the scene with undisclosed amount of money.

Police responded swiftly and gave chase with the help of a SAPS chopper. The suspects continued shooting at the police however they were eventually cornered around the Denver area leading to the arrest of five suspects aged between 26 and 48 at the George Goch Hostel. Several firearms including AK47 rifles and ammunition, vehicles suspected to have been used and some of the stolen money were seized.

Contrary to wide reports doing the rounds, there is no police officer amongst the arrested suspects. The unknown number of suspects are now subject to a manhunt.

The five are expected to appear at the Boksburg Magistrate Court on Monday to face charges related to armed robbery with aggravating circumstances, attempted murder and possession of prohibited firearms and ammunition.

Meanwhile, two suspects aged 26 and 30 are expected to appear at the Pretoria Magistrates Court today for at least five (5) cash in transit cases, two in Mpumalanga and three in Gauteng. In one of the incident a police officer was shot and killed. The two were arrested by the Gauteng Hawks’ National Bureau of Illegal Firearms Control and Priority Violent Crimes Unit on Thursday in Soshanguve. They are expected to be charged with murder, attempted murder, armed robbery, possession of unlicensed firearms and explosives.