Police arrested five suspects a few hours after an ATM was bombed in Carousel View on Friday 13 May 2022. The suspects were found to possess explosives and stained cash suspected to be taken from the bombed ATM.
Lieutenant Colonel Mavela Masondo said at about 01h30 on Friday 13 May 2022, police were notified about an ATM that had just been bombed and a fuel station robbed in Carousel View. Several units of SAPS were activated and led to a safe house in Garankuwa. As the police were approaching, suspects started firing shots and a shootout ensued.
“Four suspects were arrested at the safe house while more than three other suspects fled on foot. Police followed those who escaped and arrested the fifth suspect, where one firearm was recovered. Explosives and stained cash suspected to be taken at a bombed ATM were retrieved at a safe house,” he said.
Gauteng Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Elias Mawela lauded the members who responded swiftly in the early hours of the morning and arrested suspects a few hours after the crime was committed.
“This is a breakthrough for us as we had a number of ATM bombings in the past three months, especially in the Tshwane District. We believe these are the suspects responsible. Profiling will be conducted to link them to other ATM bombings” said Lieutenant General Mawela.
The suspects are facing charges of business robbery, possession of explosives, possession of suspected stolen property, attempted murder, and possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.