Searching for robbers

2016-09-20 06:00

Three suspects are at large after they robbed a superette in Kenwyn on Thursday 15 September.

Lansdowne police spokesperson Nkululeko Mnyaka says the men entered the store at about 15:15.

“Three unknown men entered the AEF Superette in Wetton Road in Kenwyn. (They got away) with 25 cartons of cigarettes worth R9000 and R400 in cash. The complainant – a Bangladeshi national – explained that one man came in the shop looking for a newspaper, the other two men followed and jumped over the counter,” Mnyaka explains.

The men then threatened the victim with a firearm and ordered him to lie on the floor. “One suspect took the plastic bag and then loaded the cigarettes. All three suspects had firearms and the complainant is not able to describe the suspects due to (getting a) fright and the suspects were very fast,” Mnyaka explains.

The suspects fled the scene in a silver Toyota Avanza.

A case of business robbery was opened at Lansdowne police station for investigation.

No arrests have been made.

In another incident, Lansdowne detectives are also urging the public to come forward with information as they are looking for a woman who committed a robbery on Tuesday evening at 22:20 in Joanne Road.

“According to the complainant he was at stop sign when he was approached by a young boy, about 10 years old, begging for money. While giving money to the boy a woman showed up and put a knife to his throat and ordered him to open the door. (The woman) got inside and told him to drive Kenilworth taxi rank where she jumped out after robbing him of an iPhone worth R16 000,” Mnyaka says.

The suspect is described as a coloured woman with a light complexion, wearing a long black coat.

No arrests have been made.

Mnyaka has also urged residents to be more vigilant when using their cellphones in public.

“During last week I checked up on crimes again and four robberies were reported. Out of those four incidents, three was reported for cellphone robbery. People need to be more vigilant when using their devices because they are vulnerable,” he says.

“One guy was standing at a traffic light with his cellphone and while he was not looking, the suspect just grabbed the device through the window.

“We have found that people are being robbed at knife point most of the time. There have ben no reports of attacks as a result of the robbery because people surrender their devices after being threatened,” Mnyaka says.

He adds robberies in all three sectors in the Lansdowne policing precinct still prove to “be a challenge”.

Lansdowne police station commander Colonel Herman Seals has also warned residents and community at large to be careful when being approached by people begging or looking for any kind of help.

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