‘Cops fail to act on known heist gang’

2012-09-24 00:00

A GREYTOWN man says the local police have failed to take action against a gang that recently robbed his store, although he had supplied them with CCTV footage and other information which could lead to their arrest.

A spokesperson for FMA Distributors, who asked not be named for fear of victimisation by the gang, said he was robbed at gunpoint on the morning of September 15. At about 10 am, four armed men entered the shop and in full view of CCTV cameras they ordered customers to lie down and robbed the shop. The robbers helped themselves to the customers’ belongings and the cash register.

“Two guys jumped over the counter and took money out of the till. One customer tried to run out, but was caught and searched. They found that he had a firearm on him and they took it.”

About R100 000 in cash and R65 000 worth of airtime was stolen during the robbery, the spokesperson said.

He said he gave CCTV footage and other information to the police.

“We gave the police information, but they have failed to act. The suspects are known people who are wanted for other crimes. So why have they not been arrested?” he asked.

The spokesperson said the business had been robbed three times.

It was offering a reward of up to R50 000 for information that could lead to the arrests.

A spokesperson for Field Security said three of its business clients had been robbed in Greytown and one in nearby Kranskop in the last six months.

Fairways Shop 7 in Greytown had been robbed twice, he said.

Umvoti Community Policing Forum chairperson Strike Buthelezi told The Witness they held monthly meetings with local residents, and businesses and farmers were invited. However, attendance was poor.

“At the meetings, we identify the areas where we have problems, and we approach the police requesting more officers [to patrol those areas],” said Buthelezi.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker denied that Greytown police had failed to act on the information supplied, and said detectives were pursuing certain leads and hoped to make a breakthrough soon.

Naicker urged the business community to be vigilant at all times and to report suspicious-looking people to the police.

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