Three cash-in-transit guards were disarmed and robbed at the Zevenwacht Mall in Kuils River, Cape Town, on Monday morning.
Police spokesperson, Colonel Brenda Muridili, confirmed that three men had detained the guards while they were inside a Standard Bank ATM. They were stripped of their three firearms and an undisclosed amount of money was stolen.
The robbers fled in a silver-grey Ford Figo.
Staff at the shopping centre said the incident happened so quickly, and most people only realised something was amiss when police descended on the scene.
“I still don’t know exactly what happened and I work here,” one store employee told News24.
“When I took my break and went outside to smoke, I saw all the police vans and realised something had gone down.”
A car-guard who works near the Standard Bank entrance said he also hadn’t realised that a crime had been committed just metres from where he stood.
“I don’t know how they did it. All I know is that they took lots of money, just like that. And so early on a Monday morning.”