According to police spokesperson Lieutenant Mpho Nonyane, the guards were ambushed by a gang of suspects who disarmed them and forced them to walk behind the complex, where they were handcuffed from 10pm on Sunday until 5am on Monday.
“The suspects took the reflectors of the security guards and wore them and stood on the post where the securities were guarding before they were ambushed. The suspects took a gun from one security guard and cellphones and communications radios of all the other guards,” said Nonyane.
Some of the gang members went to Standard Bank, where they entered through the roof, cut the bars from the safe, blasted it and took an undisclosed amount of cash.
Later that morning, the security guards managed to untie themselves and went to the police station to report robbery.
“They were unaware that the suspects have broken into the bank when they went to report the robbery,” said Nonyane.
When police went to investigate they realised the bank was broken into, and the cellphones that were taken from the security guards were found in the complex inside a plastic bag.
Police are now investigating business burglary, kidnapping and armed robbery.
Anyone with information can contact Acornhoek police branch commander Lieutenant-Colonel John Mbambo on 082 469 1031.
– Caxton News Service