Army corporal arrested over cash-vault robberies

2011-02-05 14:05

An army corporal was arrested in Kempton Park today after equipment used to break into cash vaults at chain stores, banks, petrol stations and cash depots was allegedly found in his possession, the Hawks said.

“We went to an address in Kempton Park and arrested an army corporal in the SA National Defence Force based at Waterkloof,” said spokesperson McIntosh Polela.

“When we searched his car we found a grinding machine, a crowbar, safety boots, balaclavas and gloves.”

He said the Hawks also went to a house in Moreleta, just outside Pretoria, and allegedly found searchlights, more balaclavas and gloves as well as reflective jackets used when robbers pose as security guards.

A police tracker and aerial and alarm equipment allegedly stolen from targeted businesses were also recovered.

“We have broken a syndicate that specialises in breaking into cash vaults,” said Polela.

This is after four other people were arrested in Polokwane and two were caught in Mamelodi in January in connection with the alleged syndicate. The syndicate operated in the Free State, Limpopo and Gauteng.

Polela said another suspect was still being sought.

All the arrested suspects are expected to face charges of business robbery, possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition, impersonating a police officer, murder and attempted murder.

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