Couple allegedly linked to Boksburg heist appear in court, girlfriend released

PRETORIA- A woman believed to be a Tshwane Metro Police Department officer was released from police custody after she and her 32-year-old boyfriend were arrested on Friday over suspicions that they were linked to a cash-in-transit heist in Boksburg in May.

Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said the two appeared at the Temba Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

Mulaudzi added that the woman was released after they could not link her to the crime.

“The boyfriend is still in custody and he was not granted bail,” Mulaudzi said.

Police spokesperson Vishnu Naidoo said the man has been linked to multiple cash-in transit heists across the country.

Naidoo added that a multidisciplinary stabilisation team has arrested 23 suspects in the past week, all related to cash-in-transit heists.

One rifle, magazines and several rounds of ammunition and a “Toyota Quantum believed to have been a cash purchase” were recovered during the arrests, he said.

Naidoo added,”There are eight more suspects arrested in connection with the Dobsonville attempted robbery that took place on Wednesday, 4 July 2017.”

A furtherĀ  four hijacked vehicles were also recovered during the sting operation.

The police say more work needs to be done to decrease cash-in transit heists, even though the reporting of the has decreased by more than 60% in the month of June compared to May.

“However, we are confident that the stabilisation operations are turning the tide against this particular crime category,” Naidoo said.

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