QUICK thinking and rapid police response foiled a possible cash-in-transit heist in the Camperdown area this past weekend.
Security guards in a cash-in-transit vehicle were doing a routine collection from Cato Ridge en route to Camperdown on Sunday when they noticed a suspicious vehicle following them.
They immediately stopped at a nearby supermarket and contacted the police, said police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker.
He said the police, who responded immediately, found the suspicious vehicle parked nearby and circulated its number plate. They discovered the vehicle had been hijacked in Ladysmith in September.
Three men aged between 30 and 40 years old, seated inside the vehicle, were immediately arrested.
Naicker said on searching the vehicle, police found an unlicensed nine millimetre CZ75 pistol and 15 live rounds, believed to have been stolen in the Durban Central area in March 2009.
“One of them is believed to be a police constable from Beaufort West,” he said.
The men will make a court appearance in the Camperdown Magistrate’s Court shortly on charges of possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition. They will also be charged at Ladysmith for hijacking and in Durban for theft of a firearm.
KwaZulu-Natal provincial commissioner Lieutenant-General Mmamonnye Ngobeni commended the police and business, saying that with collaboration, they will turn the tide of crime.