Police are on the hunt for 10 suspects who robbed a cash-in-transit Fidelity Security vehicle near KaBokweni on Thursday afternoon.
Sgt Gerald Sedibe, Mbombela police spokesperson, said the suspects fired several shots. “The security vehicle was collecting money around KaBokweni when suspects in a white Audi started shooting, forcing it to stop. Two charcoal-coloured Mercedes-Benz and a White one also joined in. Three guards were forced to get out of the van. They then blasted the safe inside the Fidelity van and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash,” said Sedibe.
Sedibe warned the people who rushed to the deserted vehicle for the leftover cash that their actions would not be tolerated. “We condemn this behaviour as it has led to the contamination of the crime scene. It has made the police’s work difficult,” he added.
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According to Shaun Terblanche of J&M Security, the robbers were travelling in four vehicles: a white Audi with registration HPY 261 MP and two Mercedes-Benz.
They blocked the Fidelity van at a speed bump, causing it to come to a halt.
The two vehicles behind the van opened fire. They forced the occupants from the van and blasted the safe open.
They made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.
A group of people rushed to the deserted vehicle‚ scrambling to pick up the leftover cash from the crime scene. The suspects fled with an undisclosed amount of money and firearms taken off the Fidelity guards.
Terblanche said guards had been collecting cash from a client when they were attacked.