2007-08-21: Policeman killed after he robbed cigarette truck

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2007-08-21: Policeman killed after he robbed cigarette truck

Postby GOSA » Tue, 2007-08-21 15:33


Cop ‘behind’ heist killed
Borrie La Grange Published:Aug 21, 2007

A VIP protection unit policeman was killed as he tried to pull-off a heist yesterday.

Constable Vincent Chauke, attached to the police unit at the Mpumalanga legislature, left his shift earlier than usual yesterday morning and was later killed after robbing a cigarette truck.

The Times has learnt Chauke pulled over the delivery van, carrying hundreds of thousands of rands worth of cigarettes, just after 8am about 20km from Barberton .

He held up the van driver and a colleague before the rest of his gang arrived to load the cigarettes onto a getaway bakkie.

Spokesman Superintendent Benjamin Bhembe said that the gang then fled before they were intercepted by a Nelspruit security company.

Chauke, driving the bakkie carrying the load of stolen cigarettes, pulled over and started firing at the security personnel.

The other gang members in a white Corsa arrived and also fired at the guards, who returned fire.

“A security guard shot him (Chauke) in the foot, but he kept on firing. He was then shot in the hip and the head .”

The gang made off with the consignment of cigarettes.
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