Athlone man held up, robbed of R27k cash

2016-10-18 06:00

An Athlone man was robbed of more than R27 000 on Friday afternoon (7 October).

According to Athlone police spokesperson Sergeant Zita Norman, the victim withdrew the money from the bank at Vangate Mall at 14:00 and went to Athlone High School.

“As he entered the schoolgrounds and got out of his car five unknown men approached him. The men got out of their car, all armed with firearms and pointed them at the victim. They demanded the money which the victim then handed over,” says Norman.

The suspects took the victim’s car keys and two cellphones to the value of R2000 and fled the scene.

No shots were fired.

“Community members are encouraged to be assertive when drawing large amounts of money. Always be vigilant of your surroundings when drawing money and if possible have someone with you when drawing the money.

“Also watch your rearview mirrors for suspicious cars following you and drive to your nearest police station or flag a police vehicle down should one pass you on the road. Never drive to your place of residence,” Norman advises.

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