Brazen: Shoplifting gang attacks security guard at Checkers in Scottsville

2011-06-01 00:00

HORRIFIED shoppers watched as a shoplifting gang threw dustbins at security guards after being apprehended at Checkers in Scottsville last week.

After a woman was caught with stolen items stashed inside her clothes, a fight broke out between security guards and shoplifters last Thursday evening.

A customer who witnessed the incident alleged that the woman went into the shop with two men who were there to distract the security guards while the woman stole items and hid them in her clothes.

He said a fight started when the security guards caught on and confronted her. “When she was confronted, the two men then fought with the security guards. They threw dust bins at the security guards who then defended themselves by fighting back,” he said.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan confirmed the incident saying that a woman by the name of Zamokuhle Biyela (23) was arrested on Thursday for shoplifting. She appeared in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court last Friday and will be appearing in court again on Friday, 3 June.

According to Jeevan the accused only paid for bread, but stole eight jars of Jacobs coffee as well as 11 packs of Duracell batteries which were found in her possession by the security guards. Her co-accused are still at large.

Customers were watching helplessly as the drama unfolded until the men fled the scene on foot. But the security guards managed to apprehend the woman who they then handed over to the police for shoplifting.

Assistant manager at Checkers, Yunus Bazak refused to give details of Thursday’s incident, but said that it was the first time they had experienced such an incident and that it was very traumatising for their customers because they did not know what was going on.

“Shoplifting is a major problem in our shop because it affects the entire staff and management because of the major losses suffered,” he said.

Bazak said it is difficult to tell what shoplifters target because they steal what they want on the day. He said when they catch shoplifters they make them pay for the stolen item if it is not a big item, however when the scale of theft warrants it, they call the police who then deal with the thieves.

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