Update: Five suspects arrested, 1 dead in Bfn CIT robbery

One of the scenes of today’s daring cash-in-transit heist in Bloemfontein. PHOTO: HEIDRE MALGAS

Five alleged cash-in-transit robbers have been arrested, one of them died in hospital due to a gunshot wound to the head. This comes after a cash-in-transit (CIT) heist that took place at about 05:30 in Oliver Tambo Road near South Park in Bloemfontein.

According to Colonel Brenda Muridili, national police spokesperson, four vehicles, unlicensed firearms, as well as some stolen money were seized by the police following an interrupted CIT robbery.

Muridili said a multi-disciplinary team comprising of members from the Crime Intelligence, Tactical Response Team and the Parkweg Hijacking Team reacted to a tip-off on a possible CIT robbery on the Bloemfontein cash delivery route when they observed an unknown vehicle ram into an armoured cash van’s escort vehicle.

She says that the suspects fled the scene, leaving their vehicle ablaze. The police called for backup while pursuing the suspects, when they found a second crime scene where the cash van had been robbed and set alight. More suspects had just fled this scene with an undisclosed amount of cash.

“One of the suspects’ vehicle was cornered by the police but the suspects then abandoned their getaway car and fled on foot.”

Muridili says that the apprehended suspects will be appearing in court within 48 hours on charges which include CIT robbery and the possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.

The police urge anyone with information that can lead to the arrest of the remaining suspects is encouraged to send tip-offs on the MySAPS App or the SAPS Crime Stop number ‪08600 10111. All information received will be treated with confidentiality. –

Sazly Hartzenberg and Heidre Malgas