Robbers use stun gun

2011-02-22 00:00

A WOMAN is receiving trauma counselling after she was attacked with a stun gun and shocked three times at Cascades shopping centre on Saturday morning.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan said Vanessa Goliath (27), an employee of Tiger Wheel and Tyre, was on her way to deposit money at a bank at Cascades when she was approached by two men.

Goliath’s husband, Leaveil, said his wife is still too traumatised to talk to the media.

“She still has bruises on her arm,” said Leaveil.

Tiger Wheel and Tyre store manager Gregory Lawson said the men asked her if she worked for Tiger Wheel and Tyre, which she found odd as the car she was in displayed no branding.

“They then asked for prices of rims and tyres and she suggested they consult a salesperson at the store,” said Lawson.

She gave them the phone number and one man appeared to be entering it on a cellphone which was obscured from her view.

In the meantime, she had become suspicious and locked the money she had come to bank in the car.”

Lawson said that as the men came closer, Goliath realised that the device was not a cellphone, but a stun device.

They demanded her car keys, and when she did not hand them over immediately they tasered her on the stomach and the arm and then on her back as she tried to run away.

“She was screaming for help. A man from the construction site nearby came to her assistance, but there was a fence between them. Some of the other men from the construction site ran around to help her.”

Goliath then saw one of the men reach under his shirt, and thinking he might be reaching for a gun, she threw the car keys down and they grabbed them and fled in the car.

Lawson said Goliath has been booked off for a week. “She is very traumatised.”

He said there was no clear indication of how the men knew she was on her way to the bank with money.

“We try to alter our banking routines by going to different branches at different times. There could be people sitting outside watching, and then it’s just a text message or a call to say ‘they’ve left’. We are just glad there were no guns involved.”

Jeevan confirmed the incident was reported and said no arrests have been made. She said the missing bakkie is an Opel Corsa (NP 139 051).

She appealed to anyone with information to call Warrant Officer Bimal Bramdutt at 033 845 7794 or 083 510 3053, or Crime Stop toll-free 08600 10111.

Approached for comment, a spokesperson at Cascades said the area near FNB and the post office, where the incident took place, is not administered by centre management.

The recent trend of so-called “spotters” has been highlighted in the press recently. They identify possible victims who have large amounts of cash on them, and then communicate by phone with others who carry out the robbery.

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