An armed robbery suspect has been successfully stopped in his tracks by Lyttelton SAPS and private security companies working together in an intelligence driven operation.
A white Hyundai i10 vehicle had been identified as being used in several armed robberies in and around the Lyttelton policing area.
On Sunday at around 18:00 information was received that the vehicle was seen entering the Highveld residential area. The team at once sprung into action and began to search for the vehicle.
It did not take long for the suspect to be located leaving the suburb via John Voster Drive. The vehicle was confirmed as being the same vehicle being used in street robberies, and a swift and direct tactical take down was executed.
Once the occupant of the vehicle was contained and secured, the vehicle was searched and an unlicensed firearm and suspected stolen property was discovered.
The suspect and the vehicle will be linked to at least five cases from the Centurion area, and we are expecting to link him with more as victims come forward. At this stage he will be charged with possession of unlicensed firearm, possession of dangerous weapons, possession of suspected stolen property and robbery with a firearm.
The arrest of the suspect was due to the determination and dedication of the Centurion team of crime fighters.
The station commander of Lyttelton SAPS Brigadier Toohey has expressed her gratitude to the team members, and would once again like to remind the community that the members under her command, together with thier crime fighting partners will not let the criminal elements have free reign in Centurion.