Gunmen flee with big cash haul at mall in Umzinto

2011-10-12 00:00

AN employee carrying a substantial amount of money was robbed at the entrance of the Dynarc Mall in Scottburgh on Monday afternoon.

The money belonged to a prominent business owner in Umzinto and was due to be deposited at a bank in the mall.

Police spokesperson Captain Vincent Pandarum said, “The employee was walking with the bag of money towards the entrance when he was held up by a man brandishing a gun.

“Two others approached him from the rear, one of them also armed with a gun.”

The suspects grabbed the bag from the 51-year-old man and fled.

They ran across the parking area in the direction of the N2 freeway, which is at the back end of the mall.

Pandarum said, “The hapless victim ran into the bank and reported the incident and the police were alerted.

“A search around the precincts of the mall and all exit routes proved fruitless.”

Scottburgh detectives are investigating a case of armed robbery.

Anyone who may have any information that can help solve this case should call the Scottburgh police at 039 978 1900 or Crime Stop at 08600 10111.

The Dynarc Mall manager, Jan Overbeek, declined to comment and referred The Witness to the mall marketing manager, who was not available for comment.

Pandarum said businesses must be more vigilant when taking money to be deposited in the bank.

“Criminals are becoming more brazen and dangerous and if the employee in this instance had put up any resistance it may have had fatal consequences,” he said.

He advised that when confronted by an armed robber one should remain calm and not make any sudden moves or offer any resistance.

“Without letting it be too obvious, get a good description of the physical characteristics and the clothing of the suspects.

If a vehicle is being used, get a description of the vehicle and the registration number, if possible, and the direction that the suspects flee in.

“This would make it easier for the police to track down and identify the suspects,” Pandarum added.

He advised businesses to vary the times when they make bank deposits and to use alternative routes and vehicles if possible.

“Ensure that there are no suspicious-looking persons lurking around the bank or car park before alighting from your vehicle.

“Should you suspect that you are being followed en route to the bank, drive directly to the nearest police station.” Pandarum said.

• witness@feveronline.co.za

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