CRIME – A Manhunt has been ordered by Limpopo Police for the suspects who committed an aggravated cash-in-transit heist in Maupa Village on Saturday.
A driver of the CIT vehicle was shot and wounded, and a woman motorist was also seriously injured after she was later caught in the crossfire between the Police and suspects.
The preliminary Police investigation revealed that the CIT vehicle with three occupants was heading towards Giyani and driving along the R81 road. This is when a group of suspects traveling in a white Range Rover coming from the opposite direction bumped the cash van.
CASH-IN-TRANSIT HEIST AT MAUPA VILLAGE
The driver swerved and managed to avoid the collision, the Range Rover then passed. Another group of suspects driving in a blue Mercedes Benz used a similar method. They managed to bump the cash van and the driver reduced speed. His crew jumped out to inspect the vehicle. But the same Range Rover suddenly emerged and opened fire on the Nissan NP200 which was escorting the security guards.
The driver of the cash van drove towards Maupa village for safety. But was accosted by the third group of suspects driving in a silver VW Amarok. The suspects opened fire on the cash van until the driver lost control and it stopped. The security guards managed to escape and fled to the bushes.
UNDISCLOSED AMOUNT OF MONEY STOLEN
Subsequently, the suspects blew up this security vehicle with explosives. They took an undisclosed amount of money before they fled the scene in the getaway vehicles and the victims’ Nissan NP200.
Police were alerted about the incident and immediately began the search for the suspects. They recovered one rifle that belonged to the security guards hidden inside one of the yards. The suspects’ getaway Mercedes Benz was later found burned along the R81 road. The Nissan NP200 was recovered in the nearby village without the keys, which were later found inside a Toyota Land Cruiser that was robbed by the same suspects after the heist.
The driver of the cash van was taken to hospital for medical treatment. This also includes the 36-year-old female driver who sustained a gunshot wound when the suspects and police exchanged fire. They were cornered in the Tzaneen area driving in a Ford Ranger.
The suspects involved were allegedly speaking Zulu and XiTsonga languages.
Police have opened a case of armed robbery, two counts of attempted murder, and fourteen counts of malicious damage to property. This after 14 houses were damaged due to the explosions.