Ridgeway – Twelve armed men were intercepted on Wednesday allegedly on their way to carry out a cash-in-transit robbery in Soweto.
National police spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo said an integrated multi-disciplinary law enforcement team intercepted the alleged robbers on the N12 Soweto-bound near the Xavier off-ramp.
“The suspects were travelling in three sedans and they were found in possession of six handguns,” he added.
Naidoo said the suspects were nabbed during an operation by the police flying squad, the Hawks and metro police who responded to a tip-off.
“The vehicles as well as the firearms will be analysed to determine if they are stolen or were used in the commission of other crimes,” said Naidoo.
The suspects face charges of conspiracy to commit a robbery and possession of unlicensed arms and ammunition, Naidoo said.
National police commissioner Gen Khehla John Sitole said: “Crime intelligence as well as the multi-disciplinary team must be applauded for this outstanding work.”