Four people have been left injured following a cash-in-transit (CIT) heist on the R501 in Carletonville on Saturday afternoon.
PARAMEDICS ARRIVED AT THE SCENE AT 16:30
According to ER24 spokesperson Ineke van Huyssteen, paramedics arrived at the scene at approximately 16:30.
“Paramedics found a cash-in-transit van standing in the middle of the road. The van was allegedly blown open with explosives, she said.
THE VAN WAS ALLEGEDLY BLOWN OPEN WITH EXPLOSIVES
Van Huyssteen said four patients, understood to be the two guards and two support vehicle occupants, were found walking around at the scene.
“Paramedics assessed them and found that they sustained injuries ranging from minor to moderate. ER24 paramedics, along with another medical service at the scene, treated the patients before transporting them to a hospital for further medical care,” she said.
Van Huyssteen furthermore said the exact circumstances surrounding the incident are not known, but the police were on the scene for further investigations.
CASH-IN-TRANSIT HEISTS ARE INCREASING
Police minister Bheki Cele earlier this year said cash-in-transit heists are increasing.
He said police are making strides against cash-in-transit (CIT) heists and are on a mission to take down those highly organised criminals.
That was the message from when Cele delivered the quarterly crime statistics on 20 August 2021.
Cele said a total of 46 CIT heists were committed between April and June.
CELE SAID POLICE WERE TACKLING THE SCOURGE
Despite this indicating an increase of about 27 heists compared to the previous reporting period, Cele said the police were tackling the scourge.
“Using intelligence and a combination of shared resources, police continue to intercept and are taking down these highly organised gangs,” he said.
Cele said in June, police conducted a takedown operation in Midrand and intercepted 27 heavily armed gang members planning a CIT robbery.
After an exchange of gunfire, 23 suspects were arrested and four fatally wounded.
“Four of the 15 vehicles found on the scene were confirmed stolen, and high-calibre firearms were found at the scene,” Cele said.