Organised Crime Detectives arrested four suspects for CITs and armed robberies

Police load weapons in large sacks before destroying them at Arcelor Mittal's steel processing plant in Vereeniging on Tuesday, 5 February 2013. The weapons came from police searches. Others had been used to commit crimes, but the cases these originated from had all been finalised. The 3364 firearms and around 1000 knives were melted down.They included rifles, pistols, knives, swords and axes. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

A protracted investigation by Organised Crime Detectives yielded results following a recent spate of cash in transit and armed robberies when they swooped on a number of premises this weekend in an operation dubbed “Operation Crackdown” and arrested four suspects. In Malmesbury, Detectives and Tactical Response Team members arrested a 32 year old suspect in connection with a robbery in the same town at a security company where a number of firearms were stolen.

In another raid in Malmesbury the team arrested two suspects aged 43 and 45 for questioning in connection with an Athlone cash in transit robbery that occurred in April 2017.

Meanwhile in Khayelitsha, they seized a firearm and arrested a 33 year old man in connection with a cash in transit robbery perpetrated in Harare during February 2017.The 33 year old will appear in court today for the illegal possession of a firearm. Further investigations will determine whether the suspects can be linked to other cases.

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