Robber wore cop uniform

2008-02-10 00:00

A gang of five armed men held up a Dalton farmer, his manager and staff members and escaped with three firearms and R400 cash on Friday, police said yesterday. No one was injured during the robbery.

Inspector Joey Jeevan said the attackers — one of whom was wearing an SAPS field dress uniform and SAPS ceremonial cap — arrived at Dixton Estates farm at about 5 am in a white VW Golf.

They threatened two farm employees at gunpoint and demanded cash. When the attackers realised the men did not have any money they locked the victims in an office.

An hour later, the owner of the farm, Carl Heinz Jacobs, and his manager Jason Kinsey arrived and were confronted by three of the robbers.

"At gunpoint the men demanded cash and forced them out of their vehicle, which was searched by two of the men," said Jeevan.

Jacobs and Kinsey were forced into the office where their employees were being held. Guns were pointed at them and the robbers continually demanded money, while ransacking the office. They forced the victims to produce a key to a strongroom and told Jacobs to open the safe that contained a 12 bore shotgun, a Bioto shotgun, and a Winchester .22 rifle, which they took.

The gang found R400 cash in a tuckshop.

Before fleeing in their Golf, the robbers locked all four victims in the strongroom.

A farm employee shortly afterwards called police and farm watch security. Anyone with information is urged to contact Inspector Mevan Govender of Dalton at 082 496 7729.

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