In a CCTV footage video doing the rounds on social media on Tuesday 10 December 2019, four armed men can be seen making a hit on a cash-in-transit van in Danville, Pretoria

A man, who appears to be working for a cash-in-transit company, can be seen walking towards the van with a bag in his hand as he looks around a few times before opening the back door of the van and then places the bag inside. 

Immediately after the security guard turns his back, four armed men are seen swooping in behind him.  

This is how heist unfolded

Within an hour after the video was posted on Twitter, there were more than 200 retweets and 60 comments. 

In the video, the first suspect runs towards the guard with what appears to be a firearm in his hand. The man puts his hands behind his head as the suspect threatens him. 

During this time, a second robber is seen pulling a large bag out of the back of the van. The driver of the van suddenly realises what is taking place and drives off.  

One of the suspects is seen running after the van before he moves out of sight of the CCTV camera.

In the meantime, the guard is held at gunpoint by the three other suspects who seems to be on the look-out control the CIT employee who was left behind, and cover the scene for any unexpected visitors. 

Two of the three suspects then go out of sight of the camera to help the one who ran after the van. The other suspect stays with the guard, forcing him at gunpoint to lie down on the ground.

Shortly thereafter, the three suspects come back into view of the camera with two or three bags of cash. They run towards a white bakkie waiting for them on the side of the road. The suspect holding up the guard joins them and they flee the scene in the bakkie.

Watch: Was this cash-in-transit heist an inside job?

Some tweeps are of the belief that the security guard was in on it and that there was no doubt that it was an inside job. Others were just relieved that the man wasn’t shot dead during the robbery. 

“Let’s stop fooling ourselves…this is mostly an inside job. Normal citizens don’t know the place and the time at which the cash-in-transit van would arrive, but these thugs even know the road the van will use.. the guards are heavily armed, but they never shoot,” said one Twitter user. 

“I’m so glad they didn’t shoot him,” said another user, while another contested that the man had been shot:

“They did shoot him. Go to 0.47, put volume, u will see him pulling a trigger on his back and you will hear gunshot sound.”

Lack of security

Other users commented that the cash-in-transit company was not in a good location and there was a lack of security.

“So many flaws here by the security company, car parked at a dangerous spot – too casual,” said one tweep. 

“Very bad way of collecting money. He was a sitting duck. Where are the backups?” said another user. 

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Presh JM Reporter

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