PICS: Cash-in-transit van blown up

2018-11-10 12:19

A traffic officer was shot during a cash-in-transit heist in Katlehong on Saturday morning.

The heist took place on the corner of Madia and Moloto Street in Tshongweni section. 

According to police spokesperson Vish Naidoo, the robbers used a white Mercedes-Benz to ram into the cash-in-transit van.

There was then an exchange of gunfire between police officers, the security guards and the robbers, who had been joined by accomplices in two bakkies. 

"The robbers overpowered the remaining guards. They then used explosives to gain entry to the cash-in-transit vehicle," Naidoo told News24.

The explosion caused the robbers' Mercedes-Benz to catch fire.

According to Naidoo, the robbers fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash.

"No arrests have been made yet."

Naidoo said the wounded officer was taken to hospital and was receiving treatment. He said he was not sure of the officer's condition. 

He said the incident was being investigated and statements would be taken. 

The scene of the heist.

The scene of the heist. (Twitter)

The van was blown open using explosives.

The van was blown open using explosives. (Twitter)

The scene of the heist.

The scene of the heist. (Twitter)

*This story has been updated to reflect the correct information that a traffic officer was shot, not a guard as was previously told by police.

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