Truck robbed of cigarette stock

2015-06-02 06:00

A British American Tobacco driver was held up at gunpoint and robbed of cigarettes in Southfield.

The incident occurred on Friday at 12:40 as the driver was doing a delivery to a shop in Victoria Road.

Warrant officer Keith Chandler, spokesperson of the Diepriver police, says the driver was busy with the delivery when he was approached by three unknown armed men.

“The driver was forced into the vehicle and driven two roads down to a cul de sac where the suspects took three boxes of cigarettes,” he says.

Chandler says the robbers then fled in a green Avanza with yellow number plates.

“Two of the suspects ran on foot, armed with pistols, to the M5 where they were picked up in a white Toyota Conquest,” he says.

Chandler says a local security company arrived on the scene during the robbery and the security officer was attacked with an automatic rifle, but he backed away and contacted the police.

“The police were on the scene within minutes and issued an all points bulletin (APB),” he says.

No shots were fired and no-one was injured in the robbery.

A case of hijacking and armed robbery was opened at the Diepriver police station and forensics recovered evidence from the scene.

Meanwhile, an 89-year-old Plumstead resident was attacked in her house on Friday at about 10:00. She was robbed at knife point by a man wearing grey clothes.

Chandler says the resident was in the bathroom when she felt a breeze coming into the bathroom.

“When she approached her bedroom she noticed a man she described as being slender, scratching in her bedroom. The suspect grabbed her by the neck and demanded her jewellery,” Chandler says.

Before fleeing the suspect took the victim’s cellphone and the old gold jewellery she handed over to him.

“Police were on the scene within minutes and issued an APB and trauma counselling was offered to the resident.”

No shots were fired and no-one was injured in the robbery.

A case of house robbery was opened and forensics recovered evidence from the scene.

Anyone with further information on ­either case can contact detective Warrant Officer Steven Young on 021 710 7347

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