Photo: Gallo Images / Netwerk24 / Jaco Marais

Six cash-in-transit heist suspects due at Butterworth Magistrate’s Court

Crime Intelligence nabs 12 suspects en-route a heist on Wednesday.


Photo: Gallo Images / Netwerk24 / Jaco Marais

Four more suspects who were allegedly involved in a cash-in-transit heist that occurred on 26 August, were arrested on Tuesday and will appear at the Butterworth Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, 5 September 2019.

The Hawk’s gain another win with this arrest

The cash-in-transit crew consists of six members in total, as 28-year-old Nkosinathi Wolela, was arrested at the crime scene; and 30-year-old Bongani Kahlu was arrested by the Flying Squad on Friday, 30 August in Port Elizabeth.

The four that were apprehended on Tuesday, were under investigation by the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation Unit; Crime Intelligence and the Tactical Response Team (TRT), in Butterworth and Dutywa respectively.

The cash-in-transit heist took place on 26 August

On Monday, 26 August, two G4S security guards were collecting money at a store in Butterworth, and one of the guards was exiting the store carrying a large box filled with money.

Two of the suspects were armed and approached the security guard threatening him at gun-point, they grabbed the money from the guard and fled the scene on foot.

A suspect opened fire and wounded himself

The other remaining security guard was also confronted by two armed men, from the same group of suspects. Wolela allegedly tried to shoot the security guard instead he shot and wounded himself in the process.

Wolela was then arrested on the scene, as his accomplice ran off. The police took him to a medical centre and detained him there.

Furthermore, Wolela appeared in absentia on 28 August 2019, for a court date set for the alleged crime, at the Butterworth Magistrate Court.

After being arrested on Friday, Kahlu appeared in court on Tuesday and his case for a formal bail application was postponed. The six suspects are scheduled in court on Thursday, where they will attempt to apply for bail.

Crime Intelligence nabs 12 suspects before committing a heist

A crime intelligence operation was able to arrest 12 suspects en-route a cash-in-transit heist on Wednesday morning.

The South African Police Service Flying Squad, Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation Unit; Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni Metro Police Departments immediately responded to information that a group of suspects were on the way to commit the crime.

The suspects will also face charges of possessing unlicensed arms and ammunition

The suspects were commuting in three sedans and they were found in possession of six handguns, they are likely to face charges of conspiracy to commit a robbery and possession of unlicensed arms and ammunition.

The police stopped the alleged robbers on the N12 Soweto-bound in Gauteng, near the Xavier off-ramp where they arrested the squad of men.

“Crime Intelligence, as well as the multi-disciplinary team, must be applauded for this outstanding work.”

The National Commissioner of Police, General Khehla John Sitole