There is currently an active crime scene in Lombardy East where seven suspects have reportedly been cornered in a house in the area.
Gunfire was also reportedly been exchanged between law enforcement and the suspects.
BREAKING #CashInTransitHeist Active crime scene in Lombardy East. Police on scene. 7 suspects have been cornered in a house. There has been an exchange of gunfire. Arrests imminent. @eNCA pic.twitter.com/btq2LEVn15
— silindelo masikane (@Slindelo_M) February 8, 2019
The confrontation reportedly began after an attempted cash-in-transit heist in Lyndhurst which saw the suspects flee after their attempt failed.
ARMED ROBBERY – FAIL : MODDERFONTEIN CNR JHB RD – LYNDHURST. TRIED TO ROB KRUGER RAND SHIPMENT. SEC. CO RESISTED. PERPS FAILED & FLED. CHASED ENSUED BY SAPS SPECIALISED TASK FORCE. ENDED AT PREMISES IN LOMBARDY EAST. JHB. GP. 1 AK, 3 R5 SEIZED. 6 PERPS ARRESTED.
— REZA (@crimeairnetwork) February 8, 2019
Twitter user @irisgirling shared how a neighbourhood watch Whatsapp group assisted in the arrest by sharing tip-offs of the suspects’ movements through the neighbourhood.
One suspect is still on the loose.
@crimeairnetwork Robbery involving 7 perps into Lombardy East
Thanks to SAPS, ZSS, Arrows & Blockwatch 6 arrested. 1 still on the loose. This wouldn't been possible without our WhatsApp network, location of last suspects movements tracked by residents and reported to role-players
— Feral (@irisgirling) February 8, 2019
(Compiled by Kaunda Selisho)