Cash-in-transit guard shot in head, firearms stolen but no money taken

2020-02-13 14:42
Paramedics on the scene of an attempted cash-in-transit robbery in Spruitview on Thursday.

Paramedics on the scene of an attempted cash-in-transit robbery in Spruitview on Thursday. (Image via Twitter/@ER24EMS)

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A Fidelity security guard was critically wounded this morning following a cash-in-transit heist on the N3 Highway near the Leondale Road turnoff in Spruitview, Gauteng.

ER24 paramedics and another private service arrived on the scene at 08:10 on Thursday to find the cash-in-transit vehicle on the side of the road. The security guard was found lying a few metres away.

Medics assessed the man and found that he had sustained a gunshot wound to the head and was in a critical condition.

The man was treated at the scene before he was airlifted to hospital by a private medical helicopter.

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City of Johannesburg emergency medical services spokesperson William Ntladi said the N3 south and north was temporarily closed for the duration of the operations.

According to the information on the scene, the suspects escaped unharmed.

National police spokesperson Colonel Brenda Muridili told TimesLIVE the attempted heist happened at 07:48.

Muridili reportedly said the van was travelling on the N3 towards Durban when a Volkswagen Golf 7 and a white BMW forced it off the road. The security guards were ordered out of the van at gunpoint and robbed of three firearms.

No money was taken and no arrests were made. Cases of armed robbery and attempted murder were opened.

Fidelity says "approximately 10 heavily armed suspects" ambushed it cash van team.

"The crew came under heavy fire and were forced to stop the vehicle," the company said in a statement on Thursday.

Fidelity Service Group chief executive Wahl Bartmann said his firm was working closely with police to track down the gang.

Bartmann said it appeared the BMW had false number plates.

 - Compiled by Riaan Grobler

Read more on:    johannesburg  |  crime  |  cash in transit heists  |  shootings
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