FIVE more people have been arrested in connection with the multi-million rand OR Tambo Airport heist, bringing to nine the total number of those picked up to date.
Sources within the police have told African Times that the suspects were arrested by the Hawks and the Limpopo Provincial Tracking Team over the past few days.
Two of those arrested were working for the security company tasked with safeguarding the money.
The arrests feed to the theory of the heist being an inside job.
“The first suspect was arrested in Soshanguve. He was a guard working for the security company where the money was kept in the volt. The second suspect was also a guard at G4 Force,” said one source speaking on condition of anonymity.
The third suspect is said to be a Zimbabwean national who was allegedly responsible for the cloned police car used during the heist.
The fourth suspect was arrested in Midrand at the lofty Blue Valley Estate.
“He was found in possession of a Lamborghini worth R5 million and an undisclosed amount of money.
The fifth suspect who was working as a parameter guard at the airport was arrested this morning (Sunday),” said the source.
Robbers made off with millions of rands in foreign currency during the robbery at the national key point. The money was en-route to London when the gang pounced. The group is said to have used North Gate 1 which serves as an entrance for protocol convoys transporting VIPs.
They were said to have been well organised and possessed security paraphernalia’s that allowed them access to restricted areas.
Within 30 minutes the robbers had left the airport with bags full of money and no single gunshot fired. It was not the first armed robbery to be committed at the airport. In 2006 the national key point was hit and suspects made off with R100 million.
The group was armed with AK47 rifles.
With the recent robbery, the gang allegedly cloned a police car which they used during the heist.
There was also an Airports Company of South Africa branded car. National Acting police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane later confirmed in a media briefing that the vehicle did not belong to SAPS. Some of the vehicles used were recovered in Mamelodi, east of Pretoria.
Last week Pahlahlane told the nation that four people including a police officer were taken in for questioning in connection with the robbery. He, however, refused to give more information on the officer.
Two of them have since appeared in the Kempton Park Magistrates Court. Police could not immediately be reached for comment regarding the arrests.