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A 39-year old man believed to be a mastermind in cash-in-transit heist has been arrested at Bothashoek outside Burgersfort.
Provincial Police spokesperson Lt Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said “the police arrested the suspect in the early hours of Wednesday morning (today) during the Intelligence led Joint Tactical Operation comprising operatives derived from Crime Intelligence, the Provincial Tracking Team and the Provincial Investigation Unit.
The suspect is believed to have been part of a group of armed robbers who blew up Fidelity Cash-in-transit vehicle along the R71 road near Gravellotte last month.”
Ngoepe added that During the operation on Wednesday morning, police confiscated R4 assault rifle, three R4 magazines, 9mm pistol with magazine, two live rounds, 105 R4 live ammunition and five cellphones.
On the day of the heist, the cash-in-transit vehicle was travelling along R71 road between Tzaneen and Phalaborwa in the morning and was accosted by three vehicles with around 10 occupants.
“The suspects used explosive devises to blow up the vehicle and subsequently robbed an undisclosed amount of cash. All his accomplices are now known to the police and the manhunt has been estigated.” He said
The Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba said the arrest of this criminal should send a clear message that crime does not pay. The remaining suspects do not have any other choice but to hand themselves to the police as their days are numbered.
Cases of armed robbery and attempted murder were opened and the Police investigations are still continuing, Ngoepe concluded.