CASH-in-transit heists often involve bombs and firearms but this one was different.

A Fidelity Security Services employee was remanded in custody on Monday, 11 October, facing charges of theft.

The 48-year-old suspect was arrested in Valkfontein on Friday, 8 October, by the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation team.

Hawks spokeswoman Captain Ndivhuwo Mulamu said the suspect’s arrest emanated from his employer, Fidelity Security Services’ daily inspection of cash reported to have been loaded to an ATM in the Sasolburg area on Thursday, 7 October.

“Upon the security agency’s suspicions on the alleged missing R200 000 cash, the matter was immediately reported at the Hawks’ office in Johannesburg.

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“The investigation team swiftly traced the suspect and arrested him in Vlakfontein, Lenasia South. Further investigation led the police to another address in the same area where they recovered a bag containing the suspected stolen cash inside a wardrobe,” Mulamu said.

She said the suspect was subsequently charged with theft and during his court appearance on Monday, he was remanded in custody pending investigations.

“The case was postponed to Monday, 18 October 2021 for a formal bail application. The matter was referred to the Sasolburg police detectives for further investigation,” Mulamu said.