Armed robbers hold up another Hillcrest restaurant

2014-02-08 00:00

SHOCKED patrons at a Hillcrest restaurant had to take cover when two men posing as customers suddenly brandished weapons and held them up.

They took R4 000 and an iPad from the Mugg and Bean restaurant and patrons in the robbery at around 9 pm on Thursday.

One of the patrons, who did not want to be named, said the two men entered the restaurant pretending to be customers.

“We didn’t suspect anything and thought they were customers. It was only when they spread out and surrounded us that we knew something was happening,” said the patron.

He said the men told them to be quiet and hand over valuables without making a fuss.

“They told us to put all our cellphones on the table and not to touch them. They grabbed whatever they could from us and there was a bit of a scuffle with the restaurant manager and one of the guys before they left,” said the patron.

He said though it happened quickly, they feared for their safety.

“We feared the worst and we were really very scared,” he said.

This is the second robbery at a restaurant in Old Main Road in Hillcrest in two months. In December, Oscars Restaurant was held up and robbed while patrons were in the restaurant.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane confirmed the incident.

He said Hillcrest police was investigating a case of business robbery and no arrest had been made at this stage.

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