JOHANNESBURG – The high-density multidisciplinary stabilisation team, led in the forefront by medium to high-risk operatives this past week apprehended 23 suspects related to cash-in-transit (CIT) heists, according to the South African Police Service (Saps).

Saps said that on Friday, 6 July, the team, acting on intelligence, arrested two more suspects, a 32-year-old man and his girlfriend, for the May Boksburg CIT robbery where two amoured vehicles were targeted.

The girlfriend is a Tshwane Metro Police Officer who allegedly stored weapons that were used during the attack of two CIT vehicles in Boksburg. The male suspect is linked to multiple CIT heists in the country.

There was much speculation after the Boksburg heist that one of the suspects was possibly a police officer.

During the arrest, the team recovered one rifle, magazines and several rounds of ammunition. The team also confiscated a Toyota Quantum which is believed to have been purchased on cash.

The team also arrested a 42-year-old illegal immigrant who lived at a residential estate in Wonderboom. The suspect was found in possession of explosives including detonators and blasting cartridges. He too has been linked to the May Boksburg CIT heist.

Another operation arrested two women, a 67 and a 33-year-old as well as a 50-year-old man were arrested in Shoshanguve, they are believed to be in connected to the attempted robbery on a CIT vehicle in Atlas Road in Boksburg on 4 July 2017.

The team recovered one x R5 rifle, one x LM5 and over one hundred rounds of ammunition.

The 50-year-old suspect has been linked to several CIT robberies in the country including the Boksburg incident. During the attempted CIT robbery in Boksburg on 4 July, one suspect was killed and a rifle, pistol and several rounds of ammunition were confiscated at the scene.

The National Commissioner General Khehla Sitole appreciated the good work done by the operatives. “In order for the police to stamp the authority of the State, we need to continue arresting individuals that commit aggravated robberies, crimes like CIT heists and hijackings instil fear in the inhabitants of this country. We will, following these stabilisation operations, follow with a normalisation plan to ensure the people in South Africa are and feel safe”, says General Sitole.

The suspects will appear in various courts in the Gauteng province next week.

They will be facing charges of attempted murder, armed robbery, attempted armed robbery, possession of illegal firearms and ammunition and/or suspected stolen vehicles.

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