Another brazen cash-in-transit heist has occurred in South Africa. A gang of armed men attacked a bullion van along the R38 on the Barberton-Badplaas route on Thursday afternoon‚ said Mpumalanga police.
Brigadier Leonard Hlathi of the police department said that the robbers blocked the to sides of the road at certain ends that no other vehicle was around the robbery point. They then went ahead to disarm the security guards before looting the bullion van and escaping with an undisclosed amount of cash.
In his words:
“It is suspected that the suspects blockaded the road at either side as no other vehicle passed through during the heist‚” .
“According to information at police disposal‚ the CIT vehicle was coming from the Badplaas direction headed towards the Nelspruit/Barberton direction when it was ambushed by suspects travelling in a Toyota bakkie‚ who started shooting at it.
The bullion van was reportedly rendered incapabable to continue moving [and came] to a complete halt‚ at which point the security guards were disarmed and instructed to lie on the ground‚” Hlathi added.
“Explosives were used to blast the safe open whereafter an undisclosed amount of cash was taken by the suspects before fleeing the scene.”
The group made a clean getaway with no fatalities reported and no arrests have been made.
This will be the second Bullion van attack in South Africa in past one month