Police confirms use of 'police vehicle' in OR Tambo heist

Police confirms use of 'police vehicle' in OR Tambo heist

Gauteng police have confirmed allegations that a marked police vehicle was used in the armed robbery at OR Tambo International Airport on Tuesday night.

SAPS vehicle
Khatija Nxedlana

Armed suspects stole money from the restricted section of the cargo area of the airport, where the cash was being prepared to be transported on an SAA aircraft.

Neither the police, the Hawks, the Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) or SAA are able to confirm reports that R24 million in US dollars was stolen.

Police spokesperson Colonel Athlenda Mathe says they are investigating the use of marked police vehicle.

"That is a subject of police investigation to determine whether or not the car used belongs to the police or not," says Mathe.

Mathe says they are also investigating a security breach.

"Our preliminary investigations have revealed that there was a security breach. We can also confirm that a task team - which is a multi-disciplinary team comprised of detectives, the Hawks, crime intelligence officers and experts - is busy processing the crime scene and a case docket has been opened," says Mathe.

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