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EASTERN CAPE – A 28 year old suspect who has been linked to armed robberies in three magisterial districts in the Eastern Cape is behind bars.

On Wednesday he appeared in both the Mthatha and Elliotdale Magistrates courts respectively for an alleged cash in transit last year November around Mthatha as well as a robbery of a security van that was collecting money from a business premises in Elliotdale last year December.

On Thursday he will be hauled to another court, this time in Mount Ayliff for his alleged involvement in the attack of another security van that was travelling to Magusheni pension payout in February last year. In all three incidents, a sizable amount of money was stolen.

Meanwhile, the Mthatha Serious Organised Crime Investigation had been following information of the suspect’s involvement in the armed robberies and on Monday with the assistance of the in SAPS Tactical Response Team and Crime Intelligence, they managed to arrest him at Engcobo.

The Hawks investigators have confiscated an SUV which is suspected to have been used in the commission of the crimes. Investigations are still continuing and the possibility of arresting more suspects cannot be ruled.