Cash-in-transit robbers hit CBD fuel station

The Ford Fiesta that was used as a getaway car

In a brazen robbery, four suspects – three who held up the staff and one who was waiting in a getaway car – casually entered the store pretending to be shoppers and pounced on the managers who had been counting cash in their office.

The incident, that occurred at around 11.30 am was captured on the CCTV cameras.

The footage shows how one of three suspects had entered the store at the same time as the G4S guard who had come in to collect the cash. The suspect had been walking around the store pretending to shop around; the security guard had been armed and entered an office where managers Allison Connor and Peter Van Wyl, were counting cash from the weekend.

Connor said later that both cashiers had sensed that one of the suspects (shopper) was suspicious as the second suspect walked into the store and threatened the cashier that he was “going to do something”.

The third suspect then entered the store and headed straight towards the manager’s office – ordering the guard and managers to lie on the floor.

The cashiers, at the same time, were made to empty their tills.

The robbers got away with about R78 000 in a back pack.

Connor said she was glad that no-one was hurt during the robbery.

“I am glad we reacted the way we did, our staff members lives were in jeopardy. Money is the least of our concerns. The men were armed and during that time I just kept praying that no one should get injured,” said Connor.

Van Wyl said he and his staff were prepared for the eventuality of a robbery and had been having drills with a hired security company.

He commended his staff for adhering to the drills and handling the situation calmly.

“I could have reacted violently but chose not to because I am a single parent and my children’s future meant more to me,” said Van Wyl.

The suspects fled in a green Ford Fiesta that had been parked outside the garage. It has since been established that the car had been stolen a few days prior to the robbery.

Police spokesperson, Captain Khosi Khonjelwayo confirmed the incident and that investigations were underway.

Kaitlyn Rajah

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