A failed attempt to rob a bakery van resulted in armed robbers giving away at least 240 loaves in Mawothi, west of Phoenix on Friday, reports say.
The driver of a Hyundai H100 bakkie said the gang accosted him and his colleague while they were making deliveries in the area, said a News24 report.
One person produced a firearm and forced him to get into the vehicle and drive to an alternate location.
The driver assistant, however, managed to flee and contacted his employer. The suspects accessed the back of the bakkie but were unable to open the safe, Prem Balram of Reaction Unit SA (RUSA) was quoted as saying.
They then forced the driver to offload 24 bread crates packed with 240 loaves of bread.
The robbers then distributed the bread to pedestrians and residents informing them that Christmas had come early. They then drove off in a Toyota Avanza, IOL reported.
Balram said the owner of the bread distribution company contacted RUSA to report that one of his drivers had been kidnapped and the truck taken.
“The owner contacted RUSA at 8.44am requesting assistance to locate his driver who was taken. Tracker confirmed signals from the vehicle were emitting in Mawothi. Reaction officers converged on the area and recovered the vehicle with police. The driver was not injured,” Balram said, according to Times Live.