Pietermaritzburg - After a week of intensive investigations, the men who robbed a G4S security guard in Pietermaritzburg have been caught.
Working tirelessly between the early hours of Tuesday morning to late into Tuesday night, a provincial police team — comprising officers from Durban Crime Intelligence, the National Mobile Train Unit, Pietermaritzburg Hawks and the Combined Action Team (CAT) — arrested five men for an armed robbery at the Symons Centre in Pietermaritzburg.
Information led the team to Ntuzuma in Durban where the first man was arrested. The team then rushed back to Pietermaritzburg and hauled in another two men.
Afterwards, the officers went to the Mpumalanga township near Hammarsdale to arrest the fourth man.
A high-speed chase ensued when they spotted the man driving in the township and he was soon apprehended. He was found with a large amount of ink-stained cash, firearms, ammunition and police insignia.
The vehicle believed to have been used in the heist last week was also recovered at the man’s home.
The fifth man was arrested shortly after in Umlazi. He was found with ink-stained cash and a firearm.
The men, aged between 34 and 46, were charged for armed robbery, possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition as well as possession of property suspected to stolen.
The men are expected to appear in court soon.
Their firearms will be sent for ballistics testing to ascertain if they were used in the commission of any other crime in the country.
On February 8, a G4S Cash Solutions staff member, who is believed to have been delivering a large amount of money to the Symons Centre Capitec Bank branch, was accosted by a gang of armed men just after 10 am.
It is believed that as the guard was walking in the mall, with his partner waiting in the van, a robber put a gun to his head and demanded he lie on the floor.
The guard was stripped of his own firearm and the cash box, which is believed to have contained about R330 000, was taken.
The men fled through the mall into a taxi rank nearby.
KwaZulu-Natal provincial police commissioner Lieutenant-General Mmamonnye Ngobeni commended the officers for their “outstanding work” in tracking the men down.
“The arrested suspects will be profiled and [we will] check if they are wanted for other robberies in the province.
“The members will continue with such operations to trace more suspects who might be involved in cash in transit cases,” Ngobeni said.