Free State Police Nab BMW Cash-in-Transit Gang, Earn Praise From Mzansi

Free State Police Nab BMW Cash-in-Transit Gang, Earn Praise From Mzansi

  • Police have arrested a gang involved in a cash-in-transit heist outside a mall in Mangaung, Free State, leading to the arrest of seven suspects
  • Free State police said a security vehicle was intercepted by robbers driving a BMW, and they were alerted of the robbery
  • Police and private security personnel responded swiftly to the scene, and a shoot-out ensued between them

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Police have arrested seven suspects in Free State.
Police have caught a BMW cash-in-transit gang in Free State. Images: Darren Stewart
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FREE STATE - Police have caught a gang involved in a cash-in-transit heist outside a mall in Mangaung.

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Gang caught

According to the Sowetan, this led to the arrest of seven suspects. The incident occurred on Saturday afternoon when robbers intercepted a security vehicle using a BMW.

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A rapid response from police and private security teams resulted in a shootout, though no injuries were reported, and the suspects initially escaped.

Later that day, authorities located and arrested the seven suspects in different locations around Mangaung. Police confirmed they recovered stolen money, two firearms, 30 rounds of ammunition, and two vehicles during the operation.

Mzansi applaud cops

Cash-in-transit heists have become a common phenomenon in South Africa. Police have been praised for their efforts in catching the criminals.

Here are some of the reactions:

@Sezek said:

"How did they have money to buy such a fancy car."

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@Lebo01 commented:

"South Africa is like a movie, honestly."

@sedrick expressed:

"Well done to the cops for risking their lives."

@Dexter0999 shared:

"This is becoming a common phenomenon."

@Kgaugelo Phala clapped:

"Well done."

8 suspected cash-in-transit heist robbers nabbed

In a related story, Briefly News reported that the South African Police Service has arrested eight suspects allegedly linked to a cash-in-transit heist in Ekurhuleni.

Police acted on a tipoff from community members and apprehended the suspects.

South Africans praised the police for the hard work done and hope the trend will continue.

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Trisha Pillay (Weekend current affairs editor) Trisha Pillay is a Current Affairs writer at Briefly News. She has a degree in Journalism from the University of Johannesburg and an Honours degree in International Politics from UNISA. She joined ENCA straight out of varsity and completed an internship at the channel. Pillay later went on to cover politics, crime, entertainment, and current affairs at the Citizen Newspaper. She joined Newzroom Afrika in 2019 and became a senior bulletin editor for shows focused on politics and current affairs on the channel. She joined Briefly News in 2023. You can contact her at

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