Two more cash in transit incidents
Two further cash in transit incidents occurred this morning following a concerning increase in the number of incidents over the last two months.
The first occurred in Hermanstad at a petrol station in the area at approximately 07:15 this morning. According to Wahl Bartmann, CEO of Fidelity Services Group, “We received notice that our Fidelity Cash Solutions crew had been attacked by three armed suspects when they were busy removing cash canisters from an ATM.” Bartmann says the suspects were able to flee the scene in a red TATA with the two cash canisters and a firearm. “Our crew gave chase and were joined by further back up. The getaway vehicle was later recovered and the two cash canisters. The suspects had however fled on foot, fortunately no cash was lost.”
In the second incident a Fidelity vehicle was attacked in Esther Park in Kempton Park. Bartmann says from the reports it appears the Fidelity Cash Solutions vehicle and its back up Tactical Support Unit came under heavy fire from an unconfirmed number of armed suspects in four vehicles. The vehicles were en route on Parklands Drive when the attack occurred. It appears that the armed perpetrators attacked the tactical back up unit first and then were able to stop the Fidelity vehicle. They used explosives to gain access to the safe in the vehicle, however due to the state-of-the-art technology security features on the vans, the loss was minimal. “Unfortunately some of our crew were injured during this attack.
“We are very concerned about the spike in incidents. We definitely saw a decline in the first half of the year but this is changing rapidly. At the beginning of August we had three incidents and now a further two. At present there have been no arrests made on either of the two incidents but we are working closely with SAPS and our Specialist Investigative teams. Any information from the public is welcome and should be communicated immediately,” concludes Bartmann.