FOUR arrests have been made by police following an armed robbery on a security van delivering cash to a South Yorkshire bank.
Suspects aged 17, 19, 21 and 22 were arrested by officers in connection with the theft of a ‘large quantity of cash’ from a G4S van which had pulled up outside the Royal Bank of Scotland, High Street, Swallownest, two days earlier.
Officers raided homes on Park Hill, Chesterfield Road and Sorby Road, all in Swallownest, yesterday morning, and hauled the suspects in for questioning while specialist teams searched the homes.
The four were arrested by armed officers in pre-arranged raids on suspicion of offences of armed robbery and burglaries involving ATM cash machines.
Police launched their investigations after a ‘cash in transit’ worker was held up by members of an armed gang at 11.45am on Tuesday.
Shocked residents said the robbers were brandishing weapons - believed to be machetes - and were wearing boiler suits.
Detective Chief Inspector Craig Robinson said: “We have had a good response from members of the public following our appeal and this police action is due to the ongoing hard work and dedication of the officers investigating this armed robbery.
“We are currently searching the properties of those arrested and there is likely to be a police presence in the Swallownest area for most of today.
“I want to reassure members of the public that we are doing everything we can to ensure those responsible for this armed robbery are caught and brought to justice.”
The robbers responsible for the raid fled in a white transit van which was later found abandoned in nearby King Street.
Officers want to hear from witnesses to the incident, anyone with information about what happened, or anyone who saw the white transit van in the Swallownest area, or on King Street, following the raid.
Call South Yorkshire Police on 0114 220 2020 and quote reference 373 of September 27.
Information can also be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.