Gang robs Cape cash depot, millions stolen

2011-08-02 20:37

Johannesburg - An armed gang has stolen millions of rand in cash destined for banks from a security company in Brackenfell, Cape Town, the Hawks said on Tuesday.

"A gang of eight men arrived in a white Ford Bantam bakkie on Monday afternoon with a brown box claiming they were on the premises to deliver vehicle parts," said Hawks' spokesperson Mcintosh Polela.

When a staff member opened the outer gate, one of the robbers produced a firearm and forced him to open the inner gate, he said.

They were followed inside by more robbers in a Toyota Quantum minibus.

"The armed men forced their way into the armory. They attempted to shut down the CCTV cameras. They wore balaclavas and hand gloves," Polela said.

They got into the main vault, opened a safe door leading to the loading bay and loaded bags full of cash into their vehicles and an employee's Opel Astra, he said.

The robbers held up eight of the security company's employees, assaulted one of them, and stole their cellphones. They also stole a staff member's gun.

"After the incident, two of the employees managed to untie themselves and activated the panic alarm," said Polela.

He said the bakkie was later found abandoned in a nearby field. Two bags of money were recovered. The Opel was found in Mitchells Plain.

"The money that was stolen was destined for Absa bank, FNB bank and All Pay," said Polela.

"The exact amount of money that was taken was not known, but it was estimated to be several millions rands," he said.

  • tryanything - 2011-08-02 20:56

    Several millions rands huh? Inside job...

      Louwhan H - 2011-08-02 20:58

      I canĀ“t help to think the same.

      freedom - 2011-08-02 21:17

      Been to that site, what a mission we had to gain access, had to provide id no's and vehicle registration no's the day before we were to attend! I smell something very fishy here

      Eric West - 2011-08-02 22:08

      You beat me to it! Seems that it was just to easy to gain access, eh?

  • Daniel Viviers - 2011-08-02 20:57

    C'mon justice will flow like the rivers

  • cgtours - 2011-08-02 20:59

    Where the hell is the secutiy? You cannot trust guards? They are propbably part of this!! Where are the sirens/cameras/ automatic locking gates/ infra rays cameras or whatever if beams are broken sirens sound and all gates locked- saw a similar place in South america- nobody would get in an out there! Possibly in but they would not be able to get out. How did they know the money was there that day and hour?

      freedom - 2011-08-02 21:20

      Theres always money on the site, thats the nature of their business! And yes so are the cameras, automatic doors etc.etc

  • JohannV - 2011-08-02 21:03

    Two words: "Inside job..."

  • Chris - 2011-08-02 21:08

    Definitely an inside job.

      Voorvel - 2011-08-02 21:59

      His bru is working inside as the Boss.

  • motsokwane - 2011-08-02 21:10

    8 men in a ford bantam? It shouldn't take a metro police to realize that something was over-fishy.

      Pickle - 2011-08-03 06:55

      Exactly.. that would mean, two in the front, six at the back of the bakkie, all to deliver one box. I smell a big fat rat here....

      Zan Man - 2011-08-03 08:10

      There werent 8 in bakkie, "the rest joined in a Toyata Quantim minibus". So they were probably two in the bakkie

      lenyora - 2011-08-03 10:09

      @ Zan Man:- "A gang of eight men arrived in a white Ford Bantam bakkie on Monday afternoon with a brown box claiming they were on the premises to deliver vehicle parts," said Hawks' spokesperson Mcintosh Polela. They were followed inside by more robbers in a Toyota Quantum minibus.

  • thobsion.ANC - 2011-08-02 21:12

    MH....while there are many in need of money for survival, these morons will just buy fancy cars, boes and drugs.

      Voorvel - 2011-08-02 22:01

      This man is a skelm - big scabenga !!

      MrT - 2011-08-03 10:22

      What is boes? Do you perhaps mean booze? or is the b supposed to be an upsidedown p? Either way it makes sense...

  • maseratifitt - 2011-08-02 21:15

    If only the robbers knew of the hardship they are causing many people. I went to draw some money from Absa today, and because of these robbers, Absa had "insufficient funds". It said so on my slip. But seriously : I think there is a direct link between government corruption/nepotism/AA/BEE and cash robberies. Friends and family aspire to the same riches enjoyed by the people who appointed them. A whole network of wannabe millionaires are built up in government, semi-government, security firms,and everywhere there is a quick buck to be made. I would not be surprised if it came to light that the ANCYL facilitates and benefits from these robberies.

      tryanything - 2011-08-02 21:17

      ABSA Is An ANC BanK Malema Trust A/c Is There Read The Day Of The Jackal

      Umfubi - 2011-08-02 21:29

      I'm also a wannabe millionaire but I don't go round robbing people. Not in govt either, come to think of it. Is there a chance for me?

      Totman - 2011-08-02 22:11

      @Umfubi. If you come right think of me. I am also broke and I always miss out on these type of "shopping" lol.

  • Brad Leslie - 2011-08-02 21:27

    I'm sure this was to fund Mal-enema's multi-million rand house...or wait...its for his trust fund...

  • maya die by - 2011-08-02 21:35

    check for it in malema's trust fund!

  • NZdreamer - 2011-08-02 21:47

    And suddenly a seafront home in Camps Bay!! Lol!!

      Voorvel - 2011-08-02 21:58

      Die drol het nie eers 'n plakkerskamp in Limp nie.!!

  • Boitshepo - 2011-08-02 21:49

    What a clean robbery, hhmmm couple of millions hey wow something aint right here way too easy gand or not, pro's or not...the gang had some inside help I SMELL LUCKY-STAR FISH IN CHILLI SAUCE...DAMN some people really go big hey damn damn damn

  • Boervrou - 2011-08-02 21:52

    Definite inside job! Waiting to see if anyone gets caught but as usual perpertrators will not be found

      Voorvel - 2011-08-02 21:56

      Sussie, pray. believe and work.

  • Voorvel - 2011-08-02 21:55


  • welshwizard - 2011-08-02 22:04

    Big picture, this is chicken sh*t compared to what the ANC steals from each and every tax payer in this country on a daily basis.

  • jaco - 2011-08-02 22:12

    Crime in South Africa It will not be feasable to rid South Africa of all forms of crime. If they do then 60% of the population will be unemployed. For starters we will no longer need about 100,000 car guards hanging around shopping malls. Jack

  • Ken J May - 2011-08-02 22:24

    Eight oke's in a bantam bakkie to deliver spareparts packed in a brown box!!!! Is this a sketch from a Monty Python movie?

  • mabebeza - 2011-08-02 22:27

    eish u people are obesessed with Malema, this article has got nothing to do with Juju gees...u act as if u don't like the guy kante u r his

      Ken J May - 2011-08-02 22:45

      It was not a robbery, it was Malema making a withdrawal!!!

  • themadking - 2011-08-03 06:35

    Thats such a score for this robbers , wich i had found that opel astra :)atleast they didnt kill anyone

  • Jana Botha - 2011-08-03 07:56

    "a gang of eight men arrived in a white Ford Bantam bakkie" How on earth do eight people fit into a Ford Bantam!? And if there were that many arriving with one vechile "to deliver parts" then wouldn't a security guard become suspicious? Just playing stupid, but the reporting is confusing...

      Enigma - 2011-08-03 08:54

      Don't you know what a bakkie looks like to ask such a stupid question? A driver and a passenger can sit in front and the rest at the back. At least no one died which we should be thankful of. No need to worry because the money was definitely insured. This gang got its Christmas bonuses early this year. Please guys can I get a cut even if its 1%! Good job you don't deserve Bells but Hennessy!

  • Nawe - 2011-08-03 08:14

    The South African job. YES!

  • KrayZee - 2011-08-03 08:28

    So this SECURITY COMPANY, trusted to handle Rmillions, allows 8 men in an unidentifiable vehicle (it seems) to enter their premises with a "brown box" supposedly containing vehicle parts without verifying that there was a bona fide order for these items from a known source - and 8 delivery persons...? If this is truely what happened, then the SECURITY COMPANY should close their doors and apologise for lying to everyone.

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  • dee-k - 2011-08-03 10:11

    it is almost impossible to get inside those kind of places,those guys haad inside assistance. I tell you.

  • biskit - 2011-08-03 11:33

    Glad nobody was killed though - bloody crooks

  • SirMark - 2011-08-03 11:51

    early xmas box , dark force style

  • Bella - 2011-08-03 12:06

    at a security depot like that who in their *b*right mind would just open outer door without verifying *delivery*?

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