Limpopo Police have launched a manhunt for suspects responsible for aggravated cash-in-transit in Tshakhuma next to Makhado. The incident took place in the Vhembe district on Thursday, 01 June at about 08:00.
The preliminary Police investigation revealed that the CIT vehicle was heading towards Thohoyandou and driving along the R 524 road near Spar supermarket. One suspect traveling in a white Toyota Camry coming from the opposite direction collided with the cash van.
Suddenly, an unknown number of suspects armed with pistols and rifles emerged on foot. The driver of the cash van and his crew fled the scene while the guard was trapped inside.
INCIDENT SHOCK TSHAKHUMA COMMUNITY
Subsequently, the suspects placed explosives in the cash van and took an undisclosed amount of money. They torched the Toyota Camry before they fled in a VW Amarok double cab silver grey in colour. As well as a white Toyota Etios and Rav4 Toyota. The suspects also robbed the victims of one firearm and they headed towards Thohoyandou.
The security guard who was trapped inside the vehicle was assisted by the community who called the police and an ambulance. He sustained serious injuries and was transported to hospital for medical treatment.
The Provincial Commissioner has further ordered the establishment of a Task Team to track down and apprehend those behind these heists which are currently prevalent in the province.
“We appeal to the community and stakeholders to join hands to assist in the prevention of these crimes by providing information about the perpetrators involved,” said Lieutenant General Hadebe.
Police have opened a case of armed robbery and attempted murder.