LETEBEJANE – Police have launched a manhunt for suspects following a foiled cash-in-transit heist in Letebejane village outside Marble Hall in the Rakgoadi policing area on Thursday morning at about 08:30.
Lt Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe, Limpopo Provincial Police Spokesperson, said police’s swift reaction and determination after the reports of the cash-in-transit heist led to the recovery of a motor vehicle and rifles that were abandoned by the fleeing suspects.
Ngoepe said following the incident, a joint operation comprising various police units closed all routes in and around the crime scene which resulted in the suspects taking a road that forced them to abandon a vehicle, a black Volvo and fled on feet.
Ngoepe said the vehicle was found abandoned next to mountains adjacent Mohlalaotwane village in the Rakgoadi area.
“Police recovered a black Volvo motor vehicle, an R4 rifle, 34 ammunition and two magazines, an AK47 rifle, a magazine and 22 ammunition, a blue jacket and two bags. The recovered Volvo was reported stolen in Brits policing area in the North West province during February 2018, explained Ngoepe.
Limpopo Provincial Police Commissioner, Lt General Nneke Ledwaba warned all criminals who are still trying their luck on heinous acts to know that police would hunt them down around the clock until they are brought to book.
Ngoepe said the task team was still on a massive manhunt for a group of the armed suspects who were involved in the foiled cash-in-transit robbery.
He said the armed group of suspects, travelling in two cars confronted a security vehicle along the Leeuwfontein and Apel-Cross road and ultimately started shooting at the occupants of the security vehicle continuously until they were pulled off the road.
“The suspects blew up the security vehicle with explosives but failed to take the money before they fled the scene,” said Ngoepe.
Ngoepe explained that police were summoned and reacted swiftly to the crime scene and along the way they, they met the suspects’ vehicles with occupants wearing black bullet proof vests and started shooting at the officers who retaliated until they drove away and disappeared.
He said there were no injuries or fatalities, including police officers during the incident. The suspects are unknown.
Anyone with information that can lead to the arrest of the suspects in the matter may contact Captain Richard Boshomane at 079 894 5501 or the crime stop number 08600 10111 or the crime line sms 32211 or the nearest police station.