At around 8:45, on Friday morning, a CIT heist occurred when security officials were busy with a pension payout.
The security officials were depositing money into the machines, when they were stormed by 10 unknown armed men, police Col Mtsholi Bhembe recalls.
“They also went to their vehicle and held the driver up. They tried to break into the back of the security van but failed, so they turned their attention on the machines.”
Bhembe said the suspects managed to break the machines. “They took the one security officer as a hostage and shot about five rounds off when they left.”
The suspects were seen fleeing the crime scene in a brown Mercedes Benz and a Sassa vehicle. There was no physical harm caused, the suspects even dropped the security officials at the gate.
The Sassa-branded bakkie was recovered abandoned a couple of meters away from the scene just a few minutes after police authorities were informed.
The police officials are still searching for the unknown brown Mercedes Benz as well as the 10 suspects and the cash.
The public is asked to contact Captain Busisiwe Kunene on 082 448 952, should they have any information.
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