PMB cops help in UK heist bust

2009-01-12 00:00

Members of Pietermaritzburg’s Organised Crime Unit were instrumental in assisting Scotland Yard with the recovery in Durban of a vehicle, a handgun and a substantial sum of British currency linked to cash heists committed by foreigners in London.

Organised Crime Unit head Hennie Laatz told The Witness that about two weeks ago the British police asked them to help with an investigation into foreign nationals who were committing armed robberies in the UK.

“They were looking for a vehicle that had been used as a getaway vehicle in some of the robberies … They were also searching for the firearm used.”

Laatz said his members received information that the vehicle was being shipped to Durban. The vessel docked at the weekend.

At 9 am yesterday members of the Organised Crime Unit, two British police officers, customs officials and forensic experts from the Local Criminal Record Centre seized a container on a ship and searched a Toyota vehicle.

“We found evidence that will assist the British with their ongoing investigations into these crimes, including a firearm suspected to be linked to the heists there, and a large amount of cash.”

The UK authorities have arrested two suspects overseas in connection with the cash heists, added Laatz.

Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram said the money was found hidden in the seats of the vehicle.

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