A G4S security guard abandoned his van and ‘disappeared with 40 cash boxes, leaving with £1 million’.
Joel March reportedly left his armoured G4S vehicle on a double-yellow line on Tuesday in the Clapham area of London.
The 36-year-old was arrested in nearby Brixton and G4S have since launched a probe after experts branded the incident as a ‘catastrophic security blunder’.
Joel March is said to have left the van and taken around £1million of cash with his in 40 cash boxes (stock image of G4S van)
Speaking to The Sun, one source said that the security was a joke and that ‘Deliveroo would have done a better job’.
The father-of-three parked the blue van at 8.57am on April 23 in a quiet road, where one resident said he thought it was suspicious that the van be parked there, as there were no shops in the area.
He said: ‘I saw some strips of paper with ‘mum,’ ‘dad’ and phone numbers. That worried me in case someone had come to harm.’
The blue van is said to have been left parked up in Larkhill Rise in the Clapham area of London (pictured above)
The concerned resident then called G4S to report the suspicious van at 5.30pm, however he said the firm weren’t ‘particularly concerned’.
‘Some of the guard’s family turned up at around 8pm very upset. They said he’d been under a lot of pressure’, he added.
The Met Police confirmed a 36-year-old man had been arrested that same afternoon in Brixton. It was also confirmed that the man is being held at a south London station and that ‘enquiries are ongoing’.
However, ex-Met-chief superintendent Barry Phillips said: ‘Something has gone seriously wrong. The van’s movements should have been monitored and the controllers should have been in regular communication with the guard.’
He added that it was ‘bewildering’ that a parking warden did not call police after ticketing the van.
Prior to the arrest March’s mother, who shares a home with her children and March’s said he had left his personal home at home on the day of the incident.
She said: ‘He was a bit stressed before this but I can’t think why he would do it. As far as I know he never had any money issues.’
Neighbours said the car was towed away in the early hours of Wednesday morning before being forensically examined.
G4S said these sorts of incidents are ‘extremely rare’ in the UK cash business and added that they are working with police to resolve the matter.