Hawks spokesman Captain Lloyd Ramovha said guards were in the process of loading cash into a Capitec bank ATM at the Belmont Centre in Van Riebeeck Road, Kraaifontein, just after 1pm on Friday when the armed men hit.
The three suspects robbed the G4 guards of their firearms and four bags of cash.
It’s believed the robbers fled the scene with half a million rand in a getaway car, a silver Opel Corsa bakkie.
“No shots were fired, no injuries sustained; approximately five suspects [were] involved,” Ramovha said.
Investigations led the Hawks to nearby Bigaba Street in Wallacedene, where the bakkie was found abandoned. The vehicle had been hijacked earlier this month with a Lwandle case number.
Ramovha says: “[The] subsequent chain of events and information led the team to La Boheme Road, where a second vehicle, a VW Caravelle, was found abandoned.
“Officers from law enforcement from the City [of Cape Town] were in attendance having apprehended one suspect, aged 38, who had unsuccessfully tried to outrun them earlier when they found him next to the said vehicle.”
The suspect’s list of crimes include two of murder, attempted murder, as well as cash-in-transit robbery.
“It is believed he is out on bail.”
He was expected to appear in the Blue Downs Magistrates’ Court today on a charge of armed robbery. His four accomplices are still at large.