Cops still looking for men in Bellair heist

2014-03-19 00:00

POLICE are still searching for five men involved in a cash-in-transit heist outside the Caltex Garage in Bellair, Durban, earlier this week.

On Monday, the five armed men accosted the security guards at the parking lot after the guards had collected cash from the service station.

“We can confirm an incident that occurred at about 8.15 am where five unknown armed men allegedly accosted the security guards after collecting cash from the service station along Sarnia Road. The suspects allegedly took an undisclosed amount of cash and the firearm,” police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker told The Witness yesterday.

Police said that one of the suspects was mistakenly shot by one of the other suspects during the incident before they all fled.

No injuries were sustained by security officers, and customers and petrol attendants managed to run to safety.

A case of robbery with aggravating circumstances was opened by the Bellair police and has since been transferred to Durban Organised Crime Unit for investigation.

No arrests have been made at this stage.

The service station refused to comment on the incident and G4S could not be reached.

With a spate of robberies being reported to have taken place at petrol stations, The Witness carried a story about petrol attendants being at the forefront of these dangerous situations and fighting back.

Last month, attendants at the Brookdale Shell garage in Phoenix were beaten and robbed. Last year, attendants had to scramble for cover when nine robbers fired pistols and an AK47 in the garage’s forecourt.

Earlier in February, attendants at the BP service station in Kloof were herded into a back room by another armed gang, who then engaged in a massive gun fight with a policeman on the premises.

In January, the entire forecourt staff at the Total Gateway 1 garage in Umhlanga charged after yet another armed gang and at least two kept chasing even after robbers fired at them.

Last year, another Umhlanga petrol jockey earned police praise for bringing down a criminal in a flying rugby tackle, which his boss described as “better than the Sharks”. Staff members from the same station, Zuko Evans and Vusi Chimele, chased a group of three robbers for almost 300 metres and helped police apprehend one of them on the M4 highway recently.

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