Two arrested over Greytown heist

Durban - Two men alleged to have been involved in a cash-in-transit heist in Greytown last year have been arrested.

Police spokesman Captain Thulani Zwane confirmed the Sunday night arrests. One of the suspects was in custody while the other was under police guard in hospital after being injured in a shootout with arresting officers.

According to Zwane, Pietermaritzburg Organised Crime Unit members were in Greytown investigating the heist, when they were tipped-off that the suspects were travelling on the N2 in a bakkie they had allegedly used as the getaway vehicle during the robbery last year.

At the time security guards leaving the Absa Bank in Greytown on November 7 were confronted by armed men who stole three cash boxes containing an undisclosed amount of money.

“Police approached the bakkie at the Tongaat toll plaza where two suspects got out and fled while shooting at the police. Police retaliated and injured one suspect,” Zwane said. Two firearms with serial numbers filed off were recovered.

The suspects would be charged with armed robbery, attempted murder, possession of unlicenced firearms and ammunition as well as possession of suspected stolen propert, he said. They would appear in court this week.

The seized firearms would be tested to ascertain whether they they had been used in any other crimes.

KwaZulu-Natal police commissioner Lieutenant-General Mmamonnye Ngobeni applauded the Pietermaritzburg Organised Crime unit for the arrests.