Two cops nabbed for series of armed robberies in Gauteng

Two cops nabbed for series of armed robberies in Gauteng

Two police officers were among a gang of six suspects arrested by the Hawks on Saturday in connection with a series of armed robberies in Gauteng.

Hawks arrest Nellmapius

Both the arrested officers are attached to Gauteng Crime Intelligence.

Hawks spokesperson Philani Nkwalase said a multi-disciplinary team acted on information that the syndicate was planning an armed robbery in Pretoria.

" The joint law enforcement team members were strategically placed and a convoy of  vehicles with false registrations matching the description were spotted in Hatfield. Upon noticing  the police presence, the suspected vehicles dispersed in different directions and  a chase ensued. 

"Two suspects driving in a Caddy were stopped and arrested in Silverton on Pretoria street near a petrol station."

Nkwalase says another team followed a second vehicle, but when the police tried stopping them in Nellmapius a shootout ensued. 

"A police constable attached to Gauteng Crime Intelligence was arrested along with two other occupants in the vehicle. 

One of the suspects, a civilian wearing full police uniform sustained gunshot wounds and was rushed to hospital where he's under police guard. 

"An illegal firearm and ammunition was recovered from the trio and seized for further investigation. Fake Hawks regalia was also seized during their arrest.

"Another constable also from Crime Intelligence was later linked to the syndicate and arrested, she was in possession of a Nissan X Trail from Crime Intelligence fitted with false registration which was also seized for further investigation."

They are expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrates' court on Monday.

The Hawks say more arrests are imminent.

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