Robbers ram into Mpumalanga police car escorting cash vehicle

A 31-year-old man is scheduled to appear before the Mhala magistrate’s court on Wednesday after being arrested for attempted robbery.

According to the Hawks spokesperson, Captain Dineo Sekgotodi, the man, who was already wanted by police for another crime, was arrested after being involved in a daring robbery attempt on Saturday, the 1st of April in which the suspects deliberately rammed into a police escort vehicle

The police vehicle escorting the cash delivery van was allegedly rammed by a gold Mercedes Benz which was accompanied by a silver Subaru.

Sekgotodi said the police returned fire and that ensued in a shootout and the suspects fled the scene on foot abandoning their getaway vehicles, along the way they hijacked two other vehicles as they fled.

The Mercedes Benz and the Subaru were seized by police for further investigation, whilst the armoured G4S vehicle proceeded without further attacks.

A police officer was wounded in the gun battle and taken for medical treatment. A preliminary investigation by the Hawks’ serious organised crime team revealed that the Subaru had been stolen in Brooklyn in Mpumalanga last December while the Mercedes Benz was stolen in Bushbuckridge in February.

Sekgotodi said additional investigations into the arrested man linked him to other cases including that of car hijacking committed as far back as 2017.

“The suspect had been released on bail and a warrant of arrest was issued against him after he absconded a high court appearance on the vehicle hijacking cases,” she said.

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