Gang opens fire after heist at city garage shop

CRIME SCENE: Police and security guards after the robbery Picture: EUGENE COETZEE
CRIME SCENE: Police and security guards
after the robbery
Picture: EUGENE COETZEE

A brazen daylight cash-in-transit heist in Port Elizabeth yesterday led to a shootout between a G4S security guard and a gang of robbers who were speeding away with a bag of money.

The robbers ambushed a G4S security guard inside the Quick Shop at Rink Auto Centre Engen in Central and took his firearm before holding him hostage.

This marked the seventh attack since the start of the month in which at least eight firearms have been stolen from security officials in the Bay.

Last night another firearm was stolen, taking the total to nine. That occurred at about 7pm when a police official was attacked at Wells Estate by five men who stole her firearm.

Of the Rink Street heist, Captain Sandra Janse van Rensburg said the robbers had forced the guard to open a drop safe.

“The security guard complied with the robbers’ demands and opened the safe. The men took the money and placed it inside a plastic packet before running out of the shop.”

Janse van Rensburg said that when the men ran outside the shop, they appeared to panic as their getaway car was not there.

The robbers then started running towards Cape Road, where a white Nissan bakkie was waiting for them.

One of the G4S guards, who was driving the armoured van, spotted the robbers running and chased after them.

“The robbers fired three shots at the guard while they were speeding away [in the vehicle] in Cape Road towards the Albany Road side,” she said.

The guard’s pistol was stolen in the heist and by yesterday afternoon the amount of money stolen was still being checked.

Atlas operations manager Monty Montgomery said the number of firearms being taken during attacks was a cause for great concern.

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