SAPS investigate Sunningdale cash heist

On Monday morning, April 10, a cash-in-transit vehicle was rammed from behind at a drop-off point at a petrol station in Sandown Road, Sunningdale.

According to Captain Adriana Chandler, SAPS Table View communications officer, the suspects who were in a cream-coloured Ford, fired two shots in the direction of the transit vehicle.

The transit company’s operational manager who was nearby the scene tried to intervene before the suspects could grab the box containing the cash and bumped one of the suspects, injuring him, but the suspect jumped into the getaway vehicle and sped off with his accomplices without a cash box.

Captain Chandler said at this stage it’s unknown how many occupants were in the vehicle.

Police were alerted to the crime and the suspect’s vehicle was found abandoned in Marine Drive, not far from the crime scene. A search of the area did not reveal the whereabouts of the suspects.

Medics tended to one of the transit officers, who injured his leg during the incident. The two cash-in-transit employees were offered victim support. No arrests were made and police are investigating a case of attempted cash-in-transit robbery and attempted murder.

On Tuesday April 4, shortly after noon, five unknown men entered a retail store in Potsdam Road, Table View.

The men pretended to be customers and suddenly one of the suspects pointed a firearm at the cashier, while another jumped over the counter demanding cash.

The other suspects held the security officer at gunpoint. The suspects fled the scene on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. No shots were fired and no one was injured during the incident.

In another incident, three men broke into a house in Ravenscourt Road, Parklands, on Thursday April 6 in the early hours of the morning. The men, one of whom was wearing a balaclava, were armed with a firearm and knives.

The suspects demanded the couple hand over their belongings. One of the victims was tied up, while the intuders ransacked the home.

They took an undisclosed amount of cash, jewellery, and personal belongings before fleeing the scene. No arrests have been made.

According to Captain Chandler, during the first week of April, several items left inside vehicles were stolen including laptops; a handbag with personal belongings and cash; clothing; and cellphones.

Most of these reported cases involved vehicles which were parked in public parking areas. People is once again urged to remove valuables out of their vehicles when parking it.

On Saturday afternoon, April 8, Table View SAPS conducted a blitz in Site 5 informal settlement.

In one house, SAPS officers discovered large fridges containing alcohol and the owner who was asked to produce a permit to sell liquor, could not do so.

According to Captain Chandler, police found a cash register filled with cash, making it clear the owner was illegally dealing in liquor.

A total of 275 cans and bottles of alcohol were confiscated. The suspect, a mere 17-years-old, was arrested and released into the care of his older brother, because he is still a minor and was due to appear at the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Monday April 10.

Another police vehicle busy with crime prevention duties in Site 5 was approached by a member of the community a short while later and told SAPS officers about someone selling drugs from a spaza shop.After getting back-up, police searched the premises and found large quantities of cannabis and mandrax tablets.

A suspect, 53, was arrested for dealing in an illegal substance.

The police are looking six men who stole cash and cellphones from a Parklands shop.

Captain Adriana Chandler said two men posing as customers entered the shop on Monday afternoon, April 10.

The men pulled guns on the cashiers and demanded money. There were a few customers in the store at the time, but most of them did not realise what was happening.

The robbers put the cash in a backpack they took from one of the shelves.

A cashier had then noticed four more men coming from the manager’s office pushing a suitcase with stolen cellphones inside.

All six robbers then fled in a white car without firing a shot or injuring anyone. Anyone with information is asked to contact Table View SAPS at 021 521 3300 or Crime Stop 08600 10111.