Security guards, armed gang on the run after coal theft

2017-05-26 17:46


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Belfast - Eight men have been arrested, while 10 others, including three armed security guards, are on the run after a robbery at the Wonderfontein coal mine near Belfast, Mpumalanga police said on Friday.

Fifteen people allegedly made a deal with security officers on night duty to grant them access to the mine via the plant’s rear gate on Wednesday, in order to steal trucks and coal, Captain Dineo Sekgotodi said.

Some of the security guards were allegedly given bribes of between R35 000 and R50 000. Coal worth R175 000 was stolen and 12 trucks worth R30m were recovered.

The eight, aged between 25 and 57, were arrested in a joint operation by the Hawks, Middelburg K9 unit, and Bidvest Protea Coin Security.

Police added a charge of attempted murder after the suspects allegedly tried to run over police officers who arrived at the scene. An officer’s car was damaged.

The three security guards escaped with their firearms. Police were still looking for the thieves.

The eight appeared before the Belfast Magistrate's Court on Friday. 

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