Police crack OR Tambo Airport robbery syndicate

Two suspects were killed and another arrested in a shootout in the Moot area in Pretoria.

Gauteng police made significant breakthrough in the fight against the so-called airport robbery gang, with two suspects killed and another arrested in a shootout in the Moot area in Pretoria on 21 June 2015. Picture: SAPS.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng police have made what they describe as a significant breakthrough in the fight against the so-called airport robbery gang with two suspects killed and another arrested in a shootout in the Moot area in Pretoria.

The police's Crime Intelligence Unit and the Hawks were alerted about an armed robbery last night.

The homeowners had been followed after picking up a friend at OR Tambo International Airport.

The police's Vish Naidoo said the suspects held them up at gunpoint and demanded money and jewellery as they pulled into their driveway.

"The team split up and conducted patrols looking for; in particular, a blue BMW which one of the groups had spotted at the house at that particular time the robbery was already taking place. When police confronted them, a shootout ensued which resulted in two of the suspects being killed and one wounded."

Naidoo said they recovered two firearms from the scene of the shooting which represents a significant breakthrough.

"Incidents of this nature had started to become a challenge for us. We had to intensify our intelligence gathering as well as our reaction and operations around it. The incident last night is indicative of that hard work."

Naidoo said these firearms will be tested and the surviving suspect questioned.

"We'll have these suspects profiled to determine whether they were involved in other robberies. We'll have those firearms send for forensic testing."

The man is currently being treated at an undisclosed hospital and will appear in court soon.