A brazen gang of robbers armed with assault rifles rammed a cash-in-transit van off the road during a daring heist in peak-hour traffic in Walmer yesterday morning.
Police said the heist was well organised, with the gang of about 11 robbers knowing the exact route of the cash-in-transit vehicle.
The drama began at about 8am when the gang, driving in three vehicles, rammed the G4S van off the road outside Damelin College in 10th Avenue.
Police said one of the vehicles used in the heist had been following the money van, while a Ford Ranger bakkie lay in wait at the Prospect Road and 10th Avenue intersection.
As the G4S van neared the intersection, the Ranger jumped the stop street and rammed into it, they said.
A group of armed men hiding behind a nearby substation then ran to the G4S van and forced the guards out.
They disarmed all the security guards before taking bags of money out of the back of the vehicle.
The shock of the attack saw the driver burst into tears shortly afterwards and one of the security guards taken to hospital for treatment for shock.
Police spokesman Warrant Officer Alwin Labans said the robbers were armed with AK47s and pistols.
“The suspects used three vehicles in the robbery,” he said.
“The Ranger used to ram the van was left behind when the robbers fled.
“After the collision, the robbers forced the guards to open the back section.
“The guards were then disarmed of their weapons and three bags of money were stolen.
“The suspects then jumped into the two getaway vehicles and fled the scene.
“One of the getaway vehicles, also a bakkie, was recovered in Prospect Road shortly after the robbery.”
The Ford Ranger used to ram the G4S van was stolen in Motherwell on Friday.
Police said false number plates, registered in Gauteng, had been placed on the bakkie.
Labans said the exact amount of money stolen was not known.
Damelin College Port Elizabeth general manager Rudy Baker said none of the students had seen what happened.
“We were oblivious to the incident until all the authorities started to arrive,” he said.