Money lost after police break into tuckshop

2009-12-28 00:00

A TUCKSHOP owner in France in the greater Edendale area claims to have lost R18 500 on Tuesday last week after police allegedly broke a padlock, confiscated 10 beer cases and arrested her helper, leaving her house unlocked.

Ntombifuthi Bhengu says the police arrived at her homestead and forced her domestic worker to open the door of another house on the same premises as her tuckshop.

She said that is where she keeps her valuables and the money generated from her shop.

When the incident took place at about 2 pm, she said, she was in Richmond Road.

She was informed about the incident by her helper who was in police custody at the time. “The lady who helps at home phoned me from the police station saying she was arrested. I rushed to the police station and was informed that she was arrested for selling liquor illegally.

“I don’t have a problem with that because the police were doing their job, but can they explain why they broke the padlock and left the door open knowing that there was no one to look after the house while they had taken my helper away?” Bhengu asked.

She said the money was under the mattress and that she does not know who took her money while her house was left unlocked. Asked if she makes a habit of keeping huge amounts of money at home, she said she does because she owes a number of wholesalers.

“I buy on credit from different wholesalers so every cent that comes in has to pay the debts,” she said.

Asked if she was selling liquor illegally, she said: “When the police got here they forced their way into the locked house.

“The spaza shop was open and the house where I keep my valuables was locked, so there was nobody selling liquor when they got here.”

No other items were missing, although there were DVD players and television sets as well as other electric appliances in the house.

Police spokeswoman Inspector Joey Jeevan said a case of theft has been opened at the Alexander police station. She added that police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.

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