Foilied ‘bank-following’ robbery and shootout, 3 arrested, Midrand

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Foilied 'bank-following' robbery and shootout, 3 arrested, Midrand
Foilied 'bank-following' robbery and shootout, 3 arrested, Midrand

Gauteng Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela has commended the collaboration between various law enforcement agencies for foiling a potentially violent robbery, arresting three suspects on Friday evening, 17 January 2020.

In an intelligence-driven operation, the members operationalised information of a planned robbery where unsuspecting victim(s) would be followed from a bank from the Mall of Africa in Midrand.

Members spotted the vehicle driving out of Mall of Africa and gave chase. A shootout ensued between the suspects and the members. The suspects’ vehicle ultimately crashed into a wall in Rabie Ridge where police cornered and arrested three suspects.

Police recovered unlicensed firearms and ammunition, and also seized the BMW 3-series on being utilised during the commission of a crime.

Preliminary investigations have already indicated possible linkage of the suspects and their vehicle to two armed robbery cases, one in Alberton and one in Boksburg.

Further investigations will be conducted to establish other linkages of the suspects, the vehicle as well as the firearms to previous violent crimes.

“Well done to all members who were involved in this successful operation from the SAPS, DPCI, Gauteng Provincial Traffic, JMPD, as well as our other partners in the fight against crime, i.e. Tracker and the Waterfall Neighbourhood Watch. This goes to show that indeed, the collaboration and sharing of resources is a winning recipe if we are serious about bringing the volumes of serious and violent crimes to reduced levels,” said the Provincial Commissioner.

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