Police hunt for armed robbers after Durban mall shoot-out

2015-05-25 15:24
(Jeff Wicks, News24)

(Jeff Wicks, News24)

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Durban - The hunt is on for a gang of armed robbers after a dramatic shoot-out with cash-in-transit security guards at a Durban shopping centre on Monday.

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It is understood that several armed men had accosted a bank customer and robbed him of a large amount of money near the Malvern Pick ‘n Pay in western Durban.

Their fleet-footed escape saw them run into a confrontation with heavily-armed SBV cash-in-transit guards who had been at the mall.

A firefight ensued with robbers and guards trading salvos before they scrambled into their getaway car and sped off.

A police source close to the investigation, who could not be named as he is not authorised to speak to the media, said the men had then crashed their car on the Hans Dettman Highway Bridge.

Head-on collision

“They collided with another vehicle head-on and they then got out of their car and hijacked another motorist at gunpoint, taking off in an Opel Corsa,” he said. The Corsa has since been recovered in Mariannhill.

“The car they used in the robbery was full of blood and from what we can ascertain, at least two of the men sustained gunshot wounds in the exchange of fire with security guards at the shopping centre. We are now on their heels,” he said.

A handgun had been discarded in the car and the seats, as well as the airbags that had deployed in the collision, were covered in blood.

The bullet riddled car had come to a stop against the bridge railing and had been cordoned off by police officers while waiting for forensic investigators to process the evidence.

Police spokespeople could not be immediately reached for comment.

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