Arms cache discovered in abandoned car in Joburg

2018-05-19 22:19

WATCH: SA's cash-in-transit heist epidemic explained

2018-05-18 15:17

Author of the book, Heist, Anneliese Burgess, explains why South Africa is experiencing a surge in cash-in-transit heists. Watch.WATCH

An arms cache possibly linked to the recent spate of cash-in-transit heists has been discovered by members of the Johannesburg Metro Police Department.

Spokesperson Wayne Minnaar said task team officers had responded to a tip by police intelligence which led them to a block of flats opposite the Oriental Plaza on Saturday.

In the parking lot, a deserted red Audi was spotted and searched.

An AK47, R5 rifle, revolver and 30 loose AK47 rounds were discovered inside.

Minnaar said the vehicle had been hijacked in Brooklyn in April last year.

No arrests have been made, and police are investigating whether the weapons could be linked to the recent surge in cash-in-transit heists in the city, Minnaar added.

On Thursday, five men were arrested after allegedly blowing up two cash-in-transit vans and firing at security officers in Boksburg,

According to police, the robbers travelled in three different cars and shot at the two G4S van, with officers returning fire. Two security guards were shot.

Two vans were blown up before the suspects fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The five were arrested after a police helicopter tracked the men down in Denver, and a Land Rover was recovered with money stashed in the boot, a bakkie and one R4 rifle.

Some suspects are still believed to be at large.

Read more on:    johannesburg  |  crime

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.