Members of the public on Wednesday seized money notes in Krugersdorp on the West Rand after robbers blew up a cash van.
In a short video of the incident, spread on social media, you can see the people running and picking up the money scattered across the road, while the person making the video warns them to be careful.
In the background, a Mercedes-Benz is burning along the road and a little further away is a transit vehicle.
Col. Police spokeswoman Brenda Muridili said a group of robbers struck at least three vehicles on the transit vehicle at Kagiso Drive in Chamdor, Krugersdorp, around 7am on Wednesday.
“The suspects used explosives to get hold of the cash and then fled.”
#CITRobbery Kagiso Drive Chamdor JHB. Cash van bombed. Robbers made off in a white Audi, white BMW X5 and a white 3 series. Grey Mercedes Benz used to ram the money truck. Look at how members of the public go for what’s left… pic.twitter.com/3RwJO0l0le— Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) June 3, 2020
No one was injured in the incident.
“We condemn the plundering of a crime scene by community members. Anyone who has the stolen money can also be prosecuted, ”Muridili says.
The suspects used a BMW and two Audi A4 vehicles in the robbery.
According to private investigator Mike Bolhuis, transit vehicles are increasingly being attacked on public roads where not long ago, this type of crime only occurred in suburbs or rural areas. “Criminals usually get their information from people who are familiar with the number of guards, amounts of money and the routes they follow,” Bolhuis says.
“Transit robbers are extremely dangerous and always armed to the teeth with anything from explosives and handguns to machine guns. They are cold-blooded and will not hesitate to open their way to the cash, ”he says.