Armed robbers left a trolley full of cash after a shootout at a Peddie store late Sunday night, following an explosion.
Police spokesperson Captain Mali Govender said around 11pm on Sunday 30 April, two constables responded to a report of an explosion at a store in Peddie.
“On arrival at the scene the members were confronted by armed suspects who fired several shots while moving towards an exit,” Govender said. “The members returned fire. During the shootout, the state vehicle was damaged and one bullet narrowly missed the foot of a member and hit his boot.”
Govender said explosives and explosive devices had been used to blast open a safe at the store. While the robbers made off with an undisclosed amount of cash, Govender said during the preliminary crime scene investigation, experts discovered a trolley containing a plastic bag filled with cash.
Cases of business robbery and attempted murder had been opened for investigation, Govender said.
“The swift and decisive action taken by the officers prevented the suspects from fleeing with the cash. The community is once again urged to report crime and criminal activities.”
Any person who may be able to assist with information about the incident is asked to contact their nearest police station or Crime Stop at 0860 010 111. Govender said all information is strictly confidential and the caller has a choice to remain anonymous.