Cash-in-transit heist in Katlehong as large group of gunmen shoot guard and flee with money (PICS)

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A cash-in-transit van and a car were left burning after a large group of gunmen staged a heist in Katlehong, Gauteng, according to a report on EWN.

The van and a car were left in flames when gunmen attacked it on the East Rand, making off with an undisclosed amount of money. Gunfire was exchanged and one of the van’s security guards was injured.

Police spokesperson Vishnu Naidoo said that the suspects used explosives to get the money.

Naidoo, told News24 that the robbers used a white Mercedes-Benz to ram into the cash-in-transit van before the gun battle took place.

“The robbers overpowered the remaining guards. They then used explosives to gain entry to the cash-in-transit vehicle,” Naidoo said.
Police told EWN that a 72-hour activation plan has been initiated.

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)

Meanwhile, in the Western Cape, three suspects have been slapped with 22 years suspended imprisonment for a failed cash-in-transit heist.

Jongizizwe Diniso, Manini and Sakhumzi Mlandeli tried to steal a money box from a security guard in Khayelitsha, along with his gun in 2008.

The box, however, exploded after being activated, causing the trio to leave the money behind. They were caught and arrested that same day.

The Hawks' Philani Nkwalase says the trio was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for robbery, seven years for attempted murder and five years for the illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.

All the sentences were suspended for five years.


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