Business robbery task team created

2016-02-11 06:00
A bread delivery truck which was hijacked and robbed of R10000 cash was recovered. Photo: supplied

A bread delivery truck which was hijacked and robbed of R10000 cash was recovered. Photo: supplied

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VERULAM SAPS have formed a task team to combat a spate of robberies targeting businesses in the area recently.

Both business vehicles and shops have been targeted and thousands of rands in valuables and cash have been stolen.

Verulam SAPS communications officer Lieutenant Mark Prakasim said the task team will be focused on identifying threats and investigating the cases which have taken place so far in the business sector.

“Last week we had a shoot out in a business robbery and we are looking to arrest these suspects and those involved in the other business robberies through this task team,” said Prakasim.

In a business robbery in Waterloo this week three armed men entered the premises through the roof and threatened the owner with guns through the roof.

“They told him to open the gate to his business which he did and they entered and robbed his shop. They then fled,” said Prakasim.

One of the suspects was eventually caught at the Waterloo Spar and a gun was recovered while the other two suspects are yet to be arrested.

In another business related robbery at the weekend, security company, Reaction Unit South Africa (Rusa) received a report from a bread distribution company that one of their trucks had been robbed in Waterloo.

Rusa owner Prem Balram said officers were dispatched to Isilangu Road and upon arrival met the driver who informed them that he had stopped to make a delivery at a client’s business in Waterloo, when his assistants was accosted by two armed men who instructed them to make their way back to the truck. “Two other suspects, who were also armed with firearms, approached the driver and asked him to move over to the passenger seat,” said Balram.

“One of the suspects got into the driver’s seat while the other suspect held the driver at gun point within the cab of the truck.”

Balram said the assistants were loaded into the back of the truck were they were also held at gun point by the other two suspects while the vehicle was driven to a dirt road.

“Two gunmen watched over the three while their accomplices used tools to force open the safe. According to the victims they could hear a loud banging sound emanating from the front of the truck and assumed that the suspects had used a chisel and hammer to open the safe,” said Balram.

Balram said the suspects stole R10 000 from the safe before asking the driver to start the truck and drive away from the area while they fled on foot.

Prakasim confirmed the incident and said SAPS are also appealing to the community for any information on the business related robberies in the community.

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