Reaction Unit South Africa made a huge arrest of three out of four cash-in-transit robbers in Verulam.

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picture 1: credit RUSA

According to RUSA, the arrests were made following an event that started with a cash-in-transit robbery on Ireland Street in the Verulam CBD. The robbers fled on foot with the cash box.

They then hijacked a champagne-colored Toyota Corolla (picture 2) and sped off. While on the run on Wick Street, the getaway vehicle struck a 57-year-old pedestrian. The robbers continued driving and collided with a white Toyota Hiace (picture 4) at the Wick & Ireland Street intersection. The taxi plummeted several meters down an embankment.

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picture 2: credit RUSA

Witnesses contacted RUSA after they noticed armed suspects exiting the Toyota Corolla and hijacking a black VW Golf which fled on the M27 in the direction of Waterloo. Reaction Officers converged on the initial scene where the money box was recovered (picture 3).

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picture 3: credit RUSA

An extensive search spanning two and a half hours was then launched for the suspects. RUSA Members spotted the black VW Golf stationary near the Waterloo Phase 6 entrance. Two suspects alighted from the vehicle and fled in different directions.

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picture 4: credit RUSA

Officers split up and requested additional backup. The first suspect was apprehended after a search of the sugar cane plantation approximately five kilometers from the initial scene. The second suspect fled through a bush and attempted to evade arrest while fleeing through properties.

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picture 5: credit RUSA

A RUSA Member observed the robber’s movements from an elevated position and directed other Officers to his location via two-way radio. The suspect was thereafter located hiding in a bush. Both robbers are Mozambican nationals. They were placed under arrest and detained at SAPS Verulam.

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picture 5: credit RUSA
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picture 6: credit RUSA

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