Was heist an inside job?

2014-06-04 00:00

NEW details in a brazen cash-in-transit heist in Isipingo on Monday night have emerged with investigators understood to be exploring the possibility of an “inside job”.

A police source said that security guards who had been driving the vehicle were interviewed extensively.

The robbers rammed an armoured vehicle on Rana Road in Isipingo, forcing the truck to come to a halt. It is understood that robbers used another car to force the security vehicle from the road, the vehicle then catching fire.

The heistmen then forced the armed guards from their heavily fortified truck. The guards acquiesced and opened the vault, allowing the robbers to steal an undisclosed amount of money before fleeing. Police cordoned the scene and members of the Hawks could be seen examining the vehicle and skid marks on the scene.

The source, who could not be named as he is not authorised to speak to the press, said that the guards’ story had not made sense.

“If one considers the damage to the vehicle, it is not enough to disable it so there was no reason for them to have stopped and surrender. This has several indications of an inside job,” he said.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said that two vehicles had been used in the assault.

“During the incident an unknown white van also stopped and they dragged the other security guard out of the armoured vehicle. The suspects removed the said amount of cash and set alight the Mercedes Benz before fleeing the crime scene in the van. Isipingo police are investigating a case of armed robbery and no arrests have been made,” Zwane added.

• jeff.wicks@witness.co.za

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