Armed gang makes off with cash during CIT heist 200m from Cape Town police station

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Thieves have hit a Capitec ATM.
Thieves have hit a Capitec ATM.
Duncan Alfreds, News24
  • Police are investigating the scene of a cash-in-transit heist at the Delft Mall.
  • Six armed men allegedly threatened security guards, before making off with cash.
  • The armed robbery took place within a couple of hundred metres of a police station.

A brazen cash-in-transit robbery within a couple of hundred metres of the Delft police station has brought community frustrations to the fore. 

On Friday morning, six armed men carried out an armed robbery at the Delft Mall.

READ | Robbers escape with cash, guns in ATM heist at Cape Town mall

Police spokesperson Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana said the gang threatened security guards with firearms and demanded money before fleeing the scene.

"Crime scene experts are combing the scene for clues following a robbery with firearms that was perpetrated in a mall in Delft this morning. According to information, security guards were robbed of an undisclosed amount of cash while they were about to empty an ATM in the mall.

"We are aware of the incident that took place this morning at Delft Mall involving an attempted robbery of a cash-in-transit guard at our ATM. Fortunately, no Capitec clients or employees were harmed," the statement said.

No shots were fired and no injuries were reported, confirmed Rwexana

"The suspects are yet to be arrested," she added.

Delft CPF spokesperson Charles George confirmed the armed robbery, saying he was still waiting for a full report about what had taken place.

In a statement, Capitec said the robbers were targeting a cash-in-transit vehicle at the bank.

But George said the incident was hardly shocking, considering the crime residents and businesses in the area faced.

"Delft has lots of problems with crime. Our shops have been coming under heat through extortion, and now it seems the crime is escalating to armed robberies," he said.

"These criminals have no respect for the law. The Delft Mall is only around 200m from the police station."

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