On Monday evening, police officers in Klapmuts, Western Cape, successfully foiled a cash-in-transit robbery (CIT heist).
Police spokesperson, Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo, revealed in a statement that two suspects are in custody, while they are still on the lookout for others that are involved in the robbery.
CIT heist: What happened in Klapmuts?
At around 18:00, a group of men ambushed a money truck and made it away with an undisclosed amount of cash.
The suspects fled on the R44 road that connects Klapmuts to Cloetesville. However, by the time they’d made the 14km drive, police had set up a roadblock, anticipating their arrival.
“A shootout ensued but the brazen suspects abandoned their vehicle in front of Cloetesville police station and jumped into a police van and sped off.
“However, during a hot pursuit, the suspects lost control of the police vehicle and crashed. They abandoned the damaged police vehicle and continued to flee on foot in different directions,” Brigadier Naidoo revealed.
The police managed to arrest two suspects, aged 37 and 43, while the others successfully evaded capture.
At the scene of the crash, the police recovered two assault rifles, a revolver and a bag filled with money. Luckily, there were no reported injuries or deaths.
Commissioner gives police 72 hours to capture remaining suspects
It was later discovered that the suspects’ getaway vehicle, a Toyota Fortuner, was hijacked in the area where the CIT robbery had taken place.
National Police Commissioner, General Khehla Sitole, has since launched a 72-hour activation plan to ramp up the search for the remaining suspects.
He was also appreciative of the resilience his officers had shown in the encounter.
“The commitment displayed by our members tonight is a reflection of the commitment of the South African Police Service as a whole to ensure that people cannot commit heinous crimes and expect to get away with it,” he said.