Police foil possible CIT robbery and arrest four suspects in Tzaneen

Pretoria: The South African Police Service’s high density, multidisciplinary, stabilisation operations continue to yield positive results and reduce and foil the number of cash in transit robberies (CIT) since the launch in the beginning of June 2018.

Today, at about 10:30, at the Sugar Hill Complex in Limpopo, Tzaneen, a multidisciplinary team comprising of Crime Intelligence and a Tracking Team managed to foil a possible CIT robbery at a filling station and arrested four suspects.

The team was activated by Crime Intelligence for a possible CIT robbery at a filling station and they conducted an observation operation.

They noticed a white VW Polo TSI with MP registration numbers scouting the place and found that the registration number was false. There were also four suspicious men in the vicinity.

As the members approached the Polo and the suspicious men, the cash vehicle came in. A shootout and car chase ensued. Four suspects were apprehended, one of them with a gunshot wound. The fifth suspect, who was armed, managed to flee the scene on foot. Police are on his trail. Two vehicles were seized, the Polo and a silver BMW.

The National Commissioner of Police, General Khehla John Sitole has commended the Crime Intelligence and the Tracking Team for swiftly acting on information that led to a foiling of a possible CIT robbery. CIT robberies threaten the safety of our communities as these brazen criminals do not hesitate to shoot their way out when confronted with possible arrest. I have to commend the bravery of our members who did not back down during a shootout and managed to arrest these suspects before they could commit robbery. This is as the result of the police’s pursuance on stamping the authority of the state. We will continue to squeeze the space of criminals to zero, said General Sitole.

Source: South African Police Service