Rustenburg – A armoured vehicle, traveling from a collection point towards the depot, was ambushed on the evening of Monday 1 April.
According to spokesperson for the Hawks, captain Tlangelani Rikhotso, the vehicle was passing the four-way stop at Dr Moroka drive in Rustenburg when another vehicle suddenly rammed into the truck – resulting in the driver of the security vehicle to lose control. The vehicle rolled and landed next to the road.
Social media groups were abuzz and reported that a second car, presumably a white Toyota Fortuner with gunmen opened fire on the AV in an attempt to force it to a standstill.
“The crew and driver of the security vehicle was forced out of the truck by an unknown number of suspects wearing balaclavas.
The suspects used explosives to blow up the truck,” confirmed captain Rikhotso.
The suspects fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash and a rifle.
Members of South African Community Crime Watch (SACCW) Rustenburg, Rustenburg Crime Combating Forum (RCCF) and AfriForum assisted to secure the scene while waiting for ER24 Rustenburg, Rustenburg Fire Services and Rustenburg Police to arrive.
No one was injured during the heist.
The Serious Organised Crime Investigations Unit of the Hawks launched a manhunt for the suspects.
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