Soldier arrested for last week’s cash in transit heist

The scene of the heist. Photo: Stefan Skapie Goosen
THE Hawks National Priority Violent Crimes team (NPVC), together with the Attaqua K9 Unit from Oudtshoorn, have arrested a South African National Defence Force (SANDF) member following a cash-in-transit heist at a petrol station in Oudtshoorn on Monday 19 July 2021.

The 36 year old SANDF Captain, attached to the Infantry School in Oudtshoorn, was arrested on Friday (23 July 2021) and is the fourth suspect to be charged after three suspects were arrested shortly after the incident.

This comes after security guards from Fidelity Cash Solutions were robbed while collecting cash from a petrol station in Bridgton, Oudtshoorn. One of the security guards was accosted by two armed suspects while on his way back to his armoured vehicle. He was disarmed of his service pistol and robbed of a bag containing cash.

Approximately 35 minutes after the robbery, the Hawks’ team stopped a Nissan Sentra on the Outeniqua Pass between Oudtshoorn and George and arrested  three occupants. A search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of the stolen security guard firearm and a sealed money bag containing the stolen cash, along with a second firearm which had its serial number filed off.

The Hawks team also found a full set of a SANDF uniform in the Nissan Sentra. None of the three occupants were soldiers. A loyal service medal was pinned to the jacket with the name and rank of the SANDF member.

Further probing found that the vehicle that was used in the robbery, a white Toyota Tazz fitted with false number plates, had been driven by the SANDF member. The white Toyota Tazz drove away from the crime scene and stopped next to a silver/blue Nissan Sentra and the stolen goods were transferred from the Toyota Tazz to the Nissan Sentra.

On Wednesday (21 July 2021) the Hawks team followed up on information received from Oudtshoorn detectives on the whereabouts of the Toyota Tazz used in the robbery. The Tazz was found parked inside a garage of a residence in Oudtshoorn, not far from the Infantry School. The set of false number plates used in the robbery was found inside the vehicle.

Consequently, the SANDF member was arrested. The suspect is due to appear tomorrow, 26 July 2021, in the Oudtshoorn Magistrates Court on charges of robbery with aggravating circucumstances.