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Listen: Heist foiler, Leo Prinsloo, receiving death threats

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Deon Coetzee, the Managing Director of the Fortis Group, has revealed that Leo Prinsloo, the escort vehicle driver in the viral foiled heist video, has received death threats following his heroism during an attempted robbery in Pretoria.

Coetzee revealed this during an interview with Martin Bester on Jacaranda FM. “There have been death threats on his life. We have taken Leo out of circulation. These heists are linked with organised crime. Leo spent 12 years in the police task force as an instructor. The organised crime suspects use high powered vehicles and they are heavily armed,” he said.

Leaked dramatic footage of the attempted heist in which armed robbers shot at Leo’s vehicle multiple times has gone viral worldwide.

Leo fought off an intense and dangerous armoured car heist attempt. He tried to manoeuvre himself and his partner to safety and thanks to his clear thinking and bravery, they’re lucky to be alive!

He is a former member of the Police Special Task Force and currently an instructor at a security company, The Edge Shooting Academy, which he founded.

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Deon continues, “On the same day that Leo’s incident happened, another incident happened. There were two cars on either side of Leo. The modus operandi of the criminals is to take the escort vehicle (the van Leo was driving) for them to not protect the cell phones which was in the vehicle in front.”

Dashcam footage of the incident shows two men driving in a bulletproof vehicle. Seconds afterwards, bullets can be seen hitting the windows as the two men in the vehicle remain calm and think of their next move – planning for survival.

In the video, one can hear the experienced driver saying: “They’re going to shoot. They’re going to f****** shoot.” He continues calmly saying: “Phone Robbie, phone Josh. Ask them where they are.” Towards the end of the video, he safely stops the vehicle and takes the rifle from his partner in the passenger seat.

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