A Brits police officer was arrested last week for his alleged involvement in a cash-in-transit heist that was planned for last week, the Hawks confirmed this week.
Hawks spokesperson, Captain Tlangelani Rikhotso, said Sergeant Marothi Letsoalo (36) from the Brits police station, faces charges of conspiracy to commit robbery, possession of an unlicensed/prohibited firearm and ammunition and the possession of a suspected stolen motor vehicle.
According to information, the CIT heist was planned to take place on the R566 (Rosslyn road) near Brits last week. The police received information about the planned heist and a police team was deployed in an attempt to prevent the heist and catch the suspects.
Early on Wednesday evening, the police spotted the suspects in a blue Audi A4 and two Mercedes vehicles and a shootout and high-speed car chase ensued.
Police managed to stop one of the Mercedes vehicles and the suspects fled but the police caught one and a rifle was recovered. The police were given information about a house in Elandsrand in Brits where the suspects were hiding. At the house a suspected stolen Mercedes Benz was found on the property that allegedly belongs to Letsoalo. The police arrested Letsoalo and confiscated an unlicensed firearm and ammunition. Letsoalo and the other suspect, Vilakazi Mbongiseni (36) appeared in the Brits Magistrates’ Court on Monday on charges of conspiracy to commit robbery, attempted murder, possession of unlicensed/prohibited firearm and ammunition, possession of a suspected stolen motor vehicle, defeating the ends of justice and reckless and negligent driving.
“Further investigation into the case has led to three more arrests in Tembisa on Wednesday. One of the suspects was found in possession of three 9 mm pistols. The suspects will appear in the Tembisa Magistrates’ court on Thursday,” Rikhotso said.
Article published by Kormorant / Journalist – Daleen van Manen