Huge hunt for cash heisters

Vuyolwethu Sangotsha

Vuyolwethu Sangotsha

Eastern Cape police have launched a massive manhunt for cash heist robbers who made off with 15 cash boxes.

This comes after Fidelity Cash Management Services guards were allegedly robbed of an undisclosed amount of cash in a brazen cash heist by about 15 suspects near Mthatha.

Police spokesman Superintendent Mzukisi Fatyela said yesterday the guards were attacked at the Ngxoki administrative area on Wednesday afternoon.

"Suspects wearing fake police uniforms had manned a road block.

"Their accomplices crashed a BMW into the cash van, causing it to overturn.

"Two shots were fired," he said.

The BMW's occupants allegedly demanded that the Fidelity driver and his crew surrender their firearms.

The suspects used a grinder to open the doors of the cash van. They then grabbed 15 smart boxes containing cash and escaped.

"After the robbery a VW Polo with a Gauteng registration number was hijacked.

"The suspects fled the scene in the Polo and a white Nissan van, leaving the BMW behind," Fatyela said.

The two vehicles were later found abandoned three kilometres from the crime scene.

A case of armed robbery, attempted murder, and hijacking has been opened at Dalasile police station and no arrests have yet been made.