“Six suspects who had just cornered, disarmed SBV security guards and robbed them of an undisclosed amount of money at Ogies in Mpumalanga this morning were arrested by the Hawks before they could leave the scene of the crime,” said spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi .
The SBV security personnel were loading money at the ATMs when the suspects struck. However, members of the tactical unit had a tip-off about the robbery and arrested the men and recovered the cash.
A network jammer, two vehicles, the stolen money and a firearm were recovered.
The suspects, aged between 41 and 47, will appear before the Ogies Magistrate’s Court facing charges of armed robbery, possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition and the illegal possession of network jammer.
Five of the suspects were South African and one was Zimbabwean, Mulaudzi told The Citizen.
The Hawks were investigating the origins of the signal jammer, he said.
One suspect was linked to four other serious cases, including truck hijacking and armed robbery. The Hawks were investigating the possibility of more suspects being involved in the attempted robbery.
Hawks acting head Major-General Mthandazo Ntlemeza praised the well-executed operation.