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Crime intelligence officers under six arrested for alleged armed robbery

The hawks arrested six people, including two criminal intelligence officers, in connection with a spate of armed robberies across Gauteng.

Detectives received a tip about a planned armed robbery in Tshwane by members of an alleged syndicate and mounted a covert operation on Saturday, which also involved private security personnel.

A convoy of vehicles with false registrations was then spotted in Hatfield by officers, Hawks spokesman Lt. Col. Philani Nkwalase said.

“When they noticed the presence of the police, the suspicious vehicles dispersed in different directions and a chase ensued. Two suspects in a caddy have been apprehended and arrested in Silverton on Pretoria Street, near a gas station.

Preliminary investigation has revealed that the Volkswagen Caddy was reported stolen in Pretoria West in October 2021.

“Meanwhile, another team followed a Volkswagen GTI Golf 7 that was traveling at high speed to evade arrest. When the police tried to stop them on Alwyn Road in Nellmuphius, they allegedly fired at the police, who fired back.”

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An officer associated with police intelligence in the county was arrested along with two other Gulf 7 occupants.

The other suspect in the car, a civilian, was wearing a police uniform. He suffered gunshot wounds and was taken to hospital where he was placed under police guard.

“Another intelligence agent was later linked to the syndicate and arrested. She was in possession of a crime intelligence Nissan X Trail with a false registration. The vehicle has also been seized for further investigation,” Nkwalase said.

The intelligence officer was wearing a Hawks-branded T-shirt that Nkwalase said was a fake.

“What the suspect was wearing is not what the Hawks T-shirt looks like, the branding is misprinted and not displayed correctly. It’s fake.”

An illegal Hawks-branded firearm and other counterfeit clothing, such as caps, were seized from Gulf 7.

They face charges including conspiracy to commit armed robbery, attempted murder, possession of illegal firearms and ammunition, possession of stolen car and impersonating police.

The group is expected to appear in Pretoria court on Monday.

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