Police in the Phokeng area of North West are desperately trying to retrieve information about a suspect who was wounded during a botched CIT (cash-in-transit) robbery on Monday evening. The authorities are concerned about the man’s health after he left the scene “bleeding profusely”.
North West CIT heist – what we know so far:
The gravely-hurt thug was whisked away from the crime scene by his accomplices after they attacked two vans travelling in the R565. The incident unfolded just outside of Boshoek, 30km north of Rustenburg.
It’s understood that both guards in each van bravely decided to fight back against their assailants, and made sure they incapacitated the criminals who were willing to stop at nothing for the promise of a quick buck.
SAPS released a statement on Tuesday morning, confirming that the hair-raising incident unfolded shortly after 18:00 in North West. They are also pleading with any witnesses or people with information on the CIT attack to come forward:
“An urgent call is being made to anyone who has information on the whereabouts of a gunshot victim in the Phokeng policing area of the North West Province to please come forward with such information.”
“The guards bravely fought back and during the ensuing gun battle, one suspect was shot. The suspect appeared to have been critically wounded as was bleeding profusely. The wounded suspect was removed from the scene by his accomplices. No money was taken.”
SAPS plead for people to come forward
The CIT heist itself proved to be utterly fruitless. As well as failing to take down any of the guards, no money whatsoever was stolen from the vans. We spoke to Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo in North West, and he confirmed that the only concern in this case is tracking down the suspect the SBV employees shot.
He also stated that no cash reward has been made available as of yet, but that’s subject to change. Those who know something are urged to contact the toll-free Crime Stop number – 086 00 10111. Callers may remain anonymous and all information will be treated with the strictest of confidence.