Wounded cash-in-transit heist suspect found at the river

JANE FURSE – Following a tip-off by members of the community, SAPS Provincial Tracking Team on a manhunt for suspects arrested a middle aged man in connection with a cash-in-transit heist in Diphagane village, Jane Furse on Monday.

According to police, late on Monday 26 March 2018 afternoon, while the Provincial Tracking Team were in pursuit of the suspects involved in the cash-in-transit heist which occurred on Sunday 25 March, received information from members of the community about a badly injured unknown person lying in the bushes near Ga-Phaahla village.

Lt Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe, Limpopo Provincial Police Spokesperson, on arrival, police found an unknown middle aged man at the river badly injured with gunshot wounds. He was unable to talk as the firearm projectile was still lodged in his mouth.

Ngoepe said the middle aged man was immediately taken to hospital for medical treatment where he is under police guard.

“The cash-in-transit incident took place on Sunday during the day when security officers were on their way to fix ATMs in and around the Jane Furse area. They were allegedly overtaken by a silver Toyota Corolla with three occupants inside. The suspects allegedly ordered the security officers to stop and subsequently started shooting at them with rifles,” explained Ngoepe.

He added that the security officers retaliated and during the process, one suspect was fatally wounded and the other two were seriously wounded but their accomplices loaded them into a getaway car before they fled the scene in a white Audi A4 with registration numbers CD 27 ZG GP.

“Police were notified and reacted swiftly and one unknown middle aged man was found lying dead with gunshot wounds,” informed Ngoepe.

He said police recovered from the scene, an AK 47 rifle, a 9mm pistol, cash amount of money, a Toyota Corolla which was allegedly robbed earlier this month in the Tubatse policing area outside Burgersfort.

“Police manhunt immediately ensued where the getaway Audi A4 was found abandoned a distance away from the crime scene,” explained Ngoepe.

He said the recovered Audi A4 was reported stolen in the Garsfontein area. The same car is also connected to a cash-in-transit robbery which occurred at the Bloemfotein Airport in the Free State province during January month this year.

Ngoepe said the other suspects involved in the incident were still unknown and that no money was robbed.

Anyone with information that can lead to the arrest of the remaining suspects, especially those who can see people with gunshot wounds visiting any hospital or health facility, 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.

Thapelo Motseo

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