Three men, who are confirmed to be G4S security guards, have been arrested in connection with the dreaded cash-in-transit (CIT) heist in Florida which took place on Friday 30 October 2020.
The three men aged 25, 28, and 40 were expected to appear before the Krugersdorp Magistrate’s Court on Monday 2 November on charges of murder, armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, possession of suspected stolen money, perjury, and defeating the end of justice charges.
FLORIA CIT HEIST: TOW TRUCK DRIVER FATALLY SHOT
It is alleged that a security armoured vehicle was driving towards Roodepoort on Ontdekkers Road on Friday when it was forced to a halt on the road by the men.
“The suspects who were driving in four different vehicles allegedly pointed at the armoured vehicle driver and his crew with firearms and forced them out of the vehicle,” said Captain Ndivhuwo Mulamu.
During the Florida CIT heist, they allegedly disarmed the crew of the service rifle and pistols and detonated explosives on the armoured vehicle to access cash inside the safe. The suspects then fled with an undisclosed amount of money in a BMW, Ford Ranger, and a Mercedes Benz.
“A chase ensued and a shoot-out between the suspects and a tow truck driver occurred. The tow truck driver was shot and fatally wounded,” said Mulamu.
ER24 said medics found a man lying inside a towing recovery vehicle. Assessments showed that he had sustained a fatal gunshot wound to his chest. Nothing could be done for him, and he was declared dead.
OVER R3.2 MILLION AND R5 RIFLE RECOVERED
A multi-disciplinary approach driven investigation resulted in the recovery of approximately R3.2 million cash which was hidden in dustbins on premises next to where the armoured vehicle was attacked, as well as, under the seat of the armoured vehicle.
Amongst other seized items, police recovered an R5 rifle which the suspects allegedly disarmed from the security van crew during the robbery.
“The security van crew were taken in for questioning and subsequently arrested. Outstanding suspects are sought [and the ] investigation continues,” said Mulamu.
On Friday South African Police Service (SAPS) Colonel Brenda Muridili said there were approximately 12 suspects present during the Florida CIT heist and that, the rifle that was taken during the robbery, was found abandoned at Hendrick Potgieter Road, about one kilometre from the crime scene.