Cellphones targeted

2016-03-16 06:00

BETHLEHEM. – Cellphone shops in Bethlehem have become a target for criminal activity, with at least two shops being robbed within a few months.

Late last year, the Altech Autopage in town was robbed in broad daylight, with the employees having been locked in the store room, and now a Cell C shop in the Dihlabeng Mall has fallen victim.

On Thursday morning (10/03) at about 06:00, three men allegedly gained entry by breaking down a door, before fleeing the scene with cellphones to an estimated value of R140 000.

Tracey Hutchinson, the Dihlabeng Mall’s manager, has confirmed the incident.

When asked where the security guards were at the time of the incident, she stated that the criminals had most likely kept an eye on the schedule at the centre.

“It happened during the security shift change. It is clear that they have been monitoring our security,” Hutchinsion said.

Lt. Zweli Mohobeleli, communication, marketing and liaison officer of the Bethlehem police, also confirmed the incident.

He said there were no shots fired during the incident.

“The police are investigating a case of business burglary. Anyone with information can contact Const. Molahlehi Lebakeng of the Bethlehem Detective Unit on 083-668-0422. The Crime Stop number 08600-10111 may also be used, or an anonymous tip-off can be sent to 32211 via SMS,” Mohobeleli said.

Efforts by Express Eastern Free State to get a comment from the shop were fruitless, as one of the employees, who refused to give her name, claimed that management had ordered them not to comment at this stage.

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