2007-11-19: Three die after botched heist

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2007-11-19: Three die after botched heist

Postby Rudi » Mon, 2007-11-19 19:56

Three die after botched heist


November 19 2007 at 01:52PM

Three robbers died and five others were arrested after they tried to rob a Coin Security van in Pretoria on Monday.

National police spokesperson Sally de Beer said the Coin Security guards noticed they were being followed at about 9am on Monday morning by a black Nissan Navara on Christina De Wit Drive in Pretoria and immediately notified the police special task force unit.

De Beer said while the guards were making the call, a Mercedes Benz rammed the Coin Security van.

When the police arrived on scene, the robbers opened fire and a shoot-out ensued.

"Three of the robbers were killed in the shoot-out and five were arrested. Of the five, two were injured," she said.

"Unfortunately two of our task force members were also wounded; one was wounded seriously after he was shot in the face and the other sustained minor injuries."

Both were taken to hospital.

Police recovered three firearms at the scene and the three cars used in the heist, a Mercedes Benz, a Nissan Navara and a Ford Focus.

No money was taken.

This is the second botched cash heist to have taken place in Gauteng on Monday.

Earlier in Sebokeng, Zone 10, one robber was shot dead, and four wounded during an attempted cash-in-transit heist, Vaal police said. - Sapa
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