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2023/11/14      |  Written By:  Captain C Singo   |   Province:  Free State

FREE STATE: Six suspects between the ages of 35 and 45 were arrested on Monday, 13 November 2023 near Bothaville just hours after allegedly committing a cash-in-transit robbery in Bloemfontein.

On 13 November 2023 at about 06:00, a cash-in- transit robbery was committed on Vooruitsig Street in Bloemfontein. A group of unknown suspects who were driving in a silver Mercedes Benz are alleged to have stopped a cash delivery vehicle and disarmed security officials before fleeing the scene with an undisclosed amount of money. A Batho SAPS police vehicle which was responding to the robbery was also shot at. 

The quick police response and arrests is thanks to a collaborative effort and coordination of resources by members of Welkom Flying Squad, Welkom K9 Unit, Allanridge SAPS, Bothaville SAPS and private security company. The suspects were found in possession of firearms and cash suspected to have been stolen during the robbery.

All six suspects are expected to appear in the Bloemfontein Magistrates' Court on 15 November 2023 for robbery, attempted murder, illegal possession of firearms and possession of suspected stolen money.

The Acting Provincial Commissioner, Maj Gen Len Singh personally visited the scene of arrests to relay a message from the National Commissioner, General Fannie Masemola commending joint effort and good work by the operatives which led to this arrests.

Further investigation by members the Hawks' Serious Organised Crime Investigation continues.