| Suspect arrested for foiled Mpumalanga CIT heist was on bail for hijacking case

  • A 31-year-old suspect was arrested on Thursday for a failed cash-in-transit heist in Mpumalanga on 1 April this yr.
  • In response to police, the suspect has different circumstances in opposition to him, together with a hijacking case from 2017. 
  • He was out on bail for that offence, however a warrant was issued after he absconded from a courtroom look. 

A 31-year-old suspect linked to a failed cash-in-transit heist in Mpumalanga earlier in April was out on bail for a separate hijacking case.

In response to police, the suspect was allegedly concerned in a CIT heist on 1 April.

A G4S armoured car was travelling from Dwarsloop to Thulamahashe, escorted by the police, when a gold Mercedes, accompanied by a silver Subaru, rammed into the police car.

“The police returned hearth within the ensuing shootout, and suspects fled the scene on foot, abandoning their getaway autos. Alongside the way in which, they reportedly hijacked two different autos as they fled,” police spokesperson Captain Dineo Lucy Sekgotodi mentioned.

Sekgotodi mentioned the CIT van proceeded with out additional assault, whereas one police officer was wounded throughout the shootout.

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“The 2 autos used within the fee of crime have been taken for additional investigation.”

“A preliminary investigation by the Hawks’ Severe Organised Crime crew revealed that the Subaru was stolen in Brooklyn in December 2020, and the Mercedes Benz had been stolen in Bushbuckridge in February 2021.”

Sekgotodi mentioned the Hawks arrested the suspect on Thursday.

Police additionally revealed that the suspect had been linked to different circumstances, together with a hijacking in July 2017.

“The suspect had been launched on bail, and a warrant of arrest was issued in opposition to him as he absconded a Excessive Courtroom look on the hijacking case.”

The suspect is predicted to look within the Mpumalanga Excessive Courtroom on Monday for the earlier circumstances and can seem within the Mhala Justice of the Peace’s Courtroom on Wednesday on fees referring to the foiled CIT heist.