Limpopo residents help catch cash-in-transit suspect - here's how

Limpopo residents help catch cash-in-transit suspect - here's how

Police launched a manhunt on Sunday shortly after the attempted cash-in-transit heist.

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One suspect, believed to have been involved in a cash-in-transit heist on Sunday, has been arrested thanks to the assistance of the local community.


On Sunday, a group of armed suspects opened fire on a cash-in-transit van in Jane Furse, south of Polokwane.


The security guards, who were repairing ATMs in the area, returned fire. 


"One suspect was fatally wounded and the other two were seriously injured but their accomplices loaded them into their get-away car before they fled the scene," reads a police statement.


The police called on local residents to be on the lookout for "any person with gunshot wounds".


"The Provincial Tracking Team received an [sic] information from members of the community that a badly injured unknown person is lying in the bushes near Ga-Phaahla village," says the police's Moatshe Ngoepe.


The suspect is currently under police guard in hospital.

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A wounded cash-in-transit suspect lies in a field in Limpopo, 24 hours after he was shot. Photo: SAPS

Linked to other crimes


Police investigations have now also revealed the Audi A4 that was used as the getaway vehicle on Sunday, was initially stolen in Garsfontein, Pretoria.


"The same car is also connected to the cash-in-transit robbery which occurred at the Bloemfontein Airport in the Free State," reads a statement by the police.


The airport incident occurred in January.

While the search for the remaining suspects is still underway, parliament has also called for decisive action against cash-in-transit robbers.


Several cash-in-transit robberies have recently been exposed on social media, with suspects targeting cash vans in broad daylight.


Apart from Sunday's incident, another cash van was blown up by suspects in Limpopo on Friday.


No arrests have so far been made.

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