Police launch manhunt for suspects involved in Mpumalanga CIT heist

Police launch manhunt for suspects involved in Mpumalanga CIT heist

A manhunt has been initiated in Masoyi following a cash-in-transit (CIT) theft that occurred early Saturday morning.

The incident occurred in Masoyi, outside of White River in Mpumalanga, with at least 20 suspects fleeing with an undisclosed sum of money.

According to the police complaint, Fidelity security officers were moving cash along the R538 route towards Dayizenza when a grey BMW allegedly appeared and crashed with their vehicle, causing it to come to a halt.

A hail of bullets was then directed at the guards, while suspects ambushed the cash van.

There was an exchange of fire between the guards and the suspects, but the suspects were able to remove the guards from the van at gunpoint.

Some suspects reportedly made the guards lie on the ground while others used explosives to forcefully open the cash van. The suspects were able to take an undisclosed amount of cash.

The suspects fled the scene in a maroon Toyota Corolla and a silver/grey VW polo without registration number plates.

Masoyi police were then alerted about the incident. A case of armed robbery is being investigated.

Provincial police commissioner Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela has ordered for the swift arrest of the suspects.

“We believe that somebody has seen or heard something regarding the suspects and we plead with our communities to use our channels of communication to bring forth the details.

“Nonetheless, we are on the ground hunting for the suspects and we will make sure that they are soon brought to book,” said Manamela.

Police are urging anyone with information about the whereabouts of the suspects to call Crime Stop on 08600 10111, or send information through the MYSAPSAPP. All information will be treated as confidential and callers can remain anonymous.

Compiled by Kgomotso Phooko.

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