A heavily armed gang of robbers fired several shots at a cash-in-transit van while trying to push it off the road during a daring robbery on the N2 between Grahamstown and Port Elizabeth last night.
The heist happened at about 8pm as an armoured G4S money transport vehicle was passing Nanaga heading towards Port Elizabeth.
According to police the gang of more than 10 robbers, armed with automatic rifles and handguns, tried to ambush the vehicle that was travelling back from Grahamstown.
Police spokesman Captain Andre Beetge said as the armoured van approached Nanaga it was overtaken by a silver Polo.
The driver of the Polo slammed on brakes to get the vehicle to stop.
“Evasive driving was done and the driver managed to avoid crashing into the back of the Polo.
“While this was happening, a silver Nissan bakkie, carrying about nine armed suspects, pulled alongside the armored vehicle.
“The suspects opened fired on the vehicle from behind and from the side while attempting to force the vehicle off the road,” he said.
“When the bakkie got next to the vehicle, the driver managed to bump and push the Nissan bakkie off the road until the driver of the bakkie lost control.
“During the incident, the (G4S) vehicle, lost its right front tyre but [the driver] still managed to get the vehicle to the nearby Kinkelbos police station.”
Beetge said after the alarm had been raised at the police station, backup was called and the area combed.
“The vehicle (Nissan) was found abandoned alongside the N2.
“If was damaged and could not be driven. It is unknown at this stage if the suspects fled into bushes or were transported by another vehicle,” he said.