Police wound suspect in botched Uitenhage garage heist

Zandile Mbabela

THE police are hunting for a suspect in an attempted cash-in- transit heist in Uitenhage yesterday in which his partner was wounded and captured in a shoot-out with police.

The two men riding bicycles robbed a G4S Security van which was collecting cash from the Shell garage in Kamesh Street near the Spar supermarket.

Police spokeswoman Warrant Officer Marianette Olivier said that after spotting the van, the robbers had opened fire on the guards, who had shot back.

The men took an undisclosed amount of money.

The garage’s private security guard fired at the suspects as they tried to make off with the money, hitting one in the right arm. The other got away in a nearby car.

“During the crossfire and subsequent chase, the suspects dropped the money.

“One jumped into a car and drove off and the wounded one was arrested after he was found by members of the canine unit hiding behind a container which housed a tyre business,” Olivier said. One firearm was recovered a short distance from the garage and when police searched the area where the suspect was arrested, they found the second gun.

The arrested man captured suspect – who is thought to be in his 30s – is under police guard in the hospital.

A case of attempted robbery and attempted murder has been opened.

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