In a rapid response to a bold cash-in-transit (CIT) heist, the South African Police Service (SAPS) has successfully apprehended six individuals linked to the criminal operation. The arrests followed a tense 72-hour manhunt, during which the suspects attempted to evade authorities in a white bakkie.
The dramatic pursuit unfolded in Bultfontein when law enforcement spotted the suspects’ vehicle, adorned with a yellow line on the roof and a Gauteng Province license plate. Engaging in a high-speed chase towards Welkom, the pursuit concluded on Monday at approximately 14:45, with the driver receiving instructions to pull over about 20 kilometers away from Bothaville.
Upon apprehension, authorities discovered the suspects in possession of automatic weapons, raising concerns about the potential threat level during the heist. Additionally, what is believed to be proceeds from the robbery was found in their possession.
The suspects, aged between 35 and 45 and hailing from Boksburg, Benoni, Tembisa, Springs, and Soshanguve, allegedly used the marked bakkie to pose as a construction vehicle—a tactic commonly employed by criminals in such operations.
The six individuals are set to appear in court shortly as investigations into the CIT heist continue. The SAPS’ swift apprehension of the suspects has been commended, ensuring that those responsible for the brazen criminal act will face legal consequences.