Robbers in three vehicles held up a cash-in-transit (CIT) vehicle on Ontdekkers Road, Johannesburg, on Friday morning, according to preliminary reports.
A tow truck driver was killed, allegedly by the fleeing robbers, Gauteng traffic police said.
The robbery took place at about 8am.
AVOID GORDON CNR HENDRIK POTGIETER. MONEY TRUCK ROBBERY SCENE!!! pic.twitter.com/MHSGduBUtR
— REZA (@crimeairnetwork) October 30, 2020
The two truck drivers had tried to follow the robbers when they fled the scene to alert police to their whereabouts, said anti-crime activist Yusuf Abramjee.
Vision Tactical said the suspects were travelling in three vehicles and they bombed the cash van.
Sunday Times reported earlier this month that SA’s CIT heist season has struck early, with armed gangs launching deadly attacks which have already left 24 people dead and dozens injured this year.
Criminologists and CIT companies said the surge started in August, two months ahead of the annual November heist peak.
Despite the lockdown, SA Banking Risk Information Centre data shows a 29% increase in cash van attacks between 2019 and 2020.
This is a developing story.
⚠️CIT CRIME SCENE ⚠️
Friday 20201030 +-08h00
Ontdekkers road at 6th.
Tragic backlogs on Hendrik Potgieter and Ontdekkers@TrafficSA @EWNTraffic @jaca_traffic @KayaTraffic @Power987Traffic @SAfmnews pic.twitter.com/Tzc2s4Vnpq
— GTP Gauteng Traffic Police (@GTP_Traffstats) October 30, 2020
Reports that a tow truck driver followed the gang as they fled and alerted police. He was shot dead. https://t.co/snJHpkkTPA
— Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) October 30, 2020
Members of our intervention units responded to #CITRobbery in Maraisburg after receiving reporting of a shooting. Cash van bombed. Suspects in three vehicles. @ER24EMS on scene. pic.twitter.com/NACpozAUg7
— Vision Tactical (@visiontactical) October 30, 2020