Police foil cash-in-transit heist in Eastern Cape, arrest six suspects

27 November 2018 - 12:10 By Nico Gous
The police found two R4 rifles, four R5 rifles, a revolver, a minibus and a sedan.
The police found two R4 rifles, four R5 rifles, a revolver, a minibus and a sedan.
Image: SA Police Service / Supplied

The police have arrested six suspects who were allegedly planning a cash-in-transit (CIT) heist in Alice in the Eastern Cape.

Police spokesperson Brig Vishnu Naidoo said they arrested the suspects on Monday in a joint operation with the Hawks.

"The intelligence-driven operation began at the weekend after crime intelligence received a tip-off that a group of armed men from the Western Cape were planning to rob a CIT vehicle in Alice in the Eastern Cape."

The police arrested the suspects in Alice and found two R4 rifles, four R5 rifles, a revolver, a minibus and a sedan. Four suspects remain at large.

"A white Toyota double cab was found abandoned along the road at Fort Beaufort. This vehicle was also confiscated."

The guns are going for ballistic tests to check if they were used in other robberies.

National police commissioner Gen Khehla Sitole said: "While we are making significant inroads into curbing cash-in-transit heists, more work needs to be done as these robberies continue to plague us."


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