Robber shot dead

2017-08-09 06:02

A planned cash-in-transit robbery ended with three of the four would-be robbers behind bars and one dead.

This follows a shooting with cash-in-transit security officers at Central Park, one of the busiest business complexes in Bloemfontein’s inner city.

Col. Thandi Mbambo, Free State police spokesperson, says one robber was killed and another wounded, while two were arrested. She says the deceased (43) was a Lesotho national and the accomplices South Africans.

Mbambo says the foiled robbery unfolded at about 05:25 on Monday (07/08) when cash-in-transit company officers were set to load cash in an ATM at a Central Park shopping complex.

She says two transit officers had decided to survey the area for possible threats.

“As they were nearing the toilets, they were accosted by armed men. A shootout ensued between the officers and the suspects,” says Mbambo.

While two of the suspects were shot, the other two, aged 27 and 28, were arrested after they were found hiding in the toilets.

She says the wounded robber (33) from Witbank was referred to a local hospital for treatment, where he has been placed under police guard.

Mbambo says three firearms, a Parabellum with serial number filed off, a Star and a Lorcin, were recovered at the scene. These have been referred for ballistic tests to determine ownership and whether they were used in the commission of other crimes.

Cases of attempted armed robbery, attempted murder, possession of unlicensed firearms and murder have been registered for further investigation.

Mbambo says the Hawks have been assigned to investigate whether the suspects can be linked to other cash-in-transit heists around Bloemfontein.

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