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Metro cop arrested for involvement in cash-in-transit heists


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HILLBROW, SOUTH AFRICA – JUNE 21: Forensic investigation officers at the crime scene of a cash-in-transit robbery where one police officer was shot dead, while two guards and two bystanders were wounded on June 21, 2018 in Hillbrow, South Africa. According to a police statement, several unknown suspects attacked and fired shots at a parked cash-in-transit vehicle and fled the scene, taking an undisclosed amount of money. (Photo by Gallo Images / Sowetan / Masi Losi)


A Tshwane metro police officer has been taken into custody on Friday following a vigorous police investigation into the recent spate of cash-in-transit (CIT) heists. The accused is said to be involved with the May attack of two CIT vehicles in Boksburg.

The female officer is charged with aiding and abetting for storing weapons related to multiple cash-in-transit robberies. The officer’s boyfriend is accused of being the criminal operation’s ringleader and is believed to be involved with several previous CIT robberies.

Weapons found in metro storage

According to News24, upon raiding the suspected officer’s residence, an automatic rifle along with ammunition was discovered. In addition, a Toyota Quantum, believed to be a cash purchase from proceeds of crime, was also confiscated.

More cash-in-transit related arrests

Law agencies across the country have initiated a police blitz following months of violent CIT attacks, at rates never before recorded in the country. Police minister Bheki Cele has prioritised this type of crime, saying:

“Criminals have declared the war, so they must get ready to fight the war.

All of the units are out of the barracks, all of the units are on the streets, we will be responding much quicker, and responding much more decisively.”

Following these fighting words made in June, law enforcement agencies, operating together with reliable intelligence gathering methods, have led to a serious crackdown on CIT related crimes.

Read: Police insist they are “making progress” with cash-in-transit heists

This past weekend proved to be fruitful for law enforcement following the arrest of 23 individuals for crimes relating to cash-in-transit heists. The police minister has promised to intensify the nationwide operations.

In Wonderboom a 42-year-old illegal immigrant was arrested for the same cash-in-transit heist which took place in May in Boksburg. The man was found in possession of explosives, detonators and blasting cartridges.

Two more women, a 67- and a 33-year-old were arrested along with 50-year-old man. This was in connection with the attempted robbery on a CIT vehicle in Atlas Road in Boksburg on 4 July 2017. Semi-automatic rifles and ammunition were also recovered.

The fight against heists continue

The sudden increase in raids and arrests are a result of continuous work by the “multidisciplinary stabilisation team”.

This team tasked with breaking the syndicates involved in CIT crime is made up of members from the Crime Intelligence, the Hawks, various investigators and representatives from tactical teams such as the Task Force, Tactical Response, the  National Intervention Unit and the Tracing team

Suspects arrested will appear in court charged with attempted murder, armed robbery, attempted armed robbery, possession of illegal firearms and ammunition and/or suspected stolen vehicles.





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