POLICE in Nkomazi have launched a manhunt for a gang of armed men who blasted an armoured G4S vehicle on Friday morning near Langeloop in the latest cash-in-transit heist in Mpumalanga.
It is alleged that the armoured vehicle was heading towards Kamhlushwa from the direction of Schoemansdal when the security personnel noticed a silver BMW sedan and a gold Volkswagen Amarok bakkie following them at high speed. The occupants in the BMW drove next to the vehicle and forced the driver to halt at gunpoint. In the process, the security guards also noticed that there were other vehicles, including a black BMW, which were blocking the road with a group of men armed with rifles. The G4S vehicle came to a standstill where after the guards were forced out and disarmed. The suspects then blasted the vehicle before fleeing the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Police are still searching for the robbers after a similar incident at Zwelisha on Tuesday morning, 9 April, where one of two Fidelity Security vehicles was also robbed of cash. According to SAPS, the two security vehicles were en-route to pension pay points at Zwelisha and Luphisa, when they noticed a white Toyota bakkie tailing them. They reportedly tried to evade the suspected bakkie, but one of the security vehicles was cornered at Zwelisha by accomplices in a white BMW. They blasted the security van and fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash.
In both incidents no one has been arrested as yet and police investigations are proceeding.
WO Mduduzi Shongwe can be contacted at 082 389 8112 with regards to the Kamhlushwa heist and Lt.- Co.l Jackie Mbuyane at 082 469 1478 for the Zwelisha incident or the SAPS Crime Stop number 08600 10111.