Shop owner gives chase after second robbery

2008-07-22 00:00

A PIETERMARITZBURG business- man apprehended one of four armed robbers, whom he later identified as a long-time customer, during the second robbery to befall his shop on Monday morning.

The four men, armed with firearms and knives, entered Changaiz Khan’s fast-food shop in downtown Church Street at about 8 am. They robbed him of cash and valuables totalling more than R20 000.

When five armed men robbed Khan of R80 000 cash in September last year, no one was arrested. But this time he was not prepared to let his attackers get away so easily.

It was another ordinary morning when Khan and one of his employees opened the shop. But he was puzzled when he heard the door slam closed behind him.

“I asked my employee why he was closing the door. But as I turned back I saw two men pointing guns at me, and two others were holding knives. They told me that they wanted all my money, airtime, cell phones and cigarettes,” said Khan.

Feeling that he was overpowered, Khan told the attackers to help themselves. They forced him to open a money safe before forcing him to lie down. They assaulted and robbed an employee of R300 cash.

“As soon as they left the building I just chased after one of them who was carrying a bag full of my coins. I could not chase all of them because I was alone and they scattered as they ran, so I only targeted one of them …” said Khan.

Khan said a motorist who was sitting in his vehicle parked on the street gave him a lift to continue with the chase. They caught the criminal near the Midlands Hospital in Langalibalele Street.

“When I caught him I noticed that he was the guy who normally buys airtime from me,” said Khan.

Police Superintendent Henry Budhram appealed to anyone who can assist with the arrest of the three accomplices to call Detective Inspector Sharmlan Moodley at 033 845 2760.

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