Business robberies continue

2017-02-02 06:01

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THE spate of business robberies on the South Coast appears to continue unabated after three businesses were broken into last week.

A sportswear shop in the Port Shepstone CBD was hit in the early hours of Wednesday morning and the following day a jewellery store and a cellphone shop were robbed in Southcoast Mall.

A Telkom shop was robbed in Shelly Centre in November 2016 and Nashua in Port Shepstone in April 2016. Both incidents occurred at night.

A source confirmed that the armed robbery at Southcoast Mall took place at 2am on Thursday, targeting Haskin Jewellers and a Vodacom outlet. It is alleged a group of men entered the mall and smashed the glass doors of both shops and fled with jewellery, the value of which is unknown at this stage.

“However, while busy, members from a security company responded and a shoot-out occurred. The suspects fled in two vehicles,” said police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid.

The police were alerted to be on the lookout for the vehicles. A short while later Warrant Officer Willow le Roux from the Port Shepstone K9 Unit, found an abandoned Audi on the N2 freeway in the area. Jewellery and “break-in” implements were found in the car.

The vehicle was taken to the police­ pound for investigation.

“A VW Golf was also found abandoned by members in the Shelly Beach area.

“It was also impounded. It appears the vehicles were hijacked in the Durban area earlier this month,” said Wiid.

Some break-in equipment was also found in the VW Golf.

“We suspect these vehicles were used as get-away vehicles. No arrests have been made as yet,” she added.

Jayne Munro, centre manager said shots were fired, but no one was injured.

“We take this incident very seriously and are co-operating with police. We would also like to thank security for their quick response,” she said.

Wiid also confirmed the robbery of a sportswear shop, saying the robbery took place at 2.45am.

“At the time of the burglary, the shop’s security company responded after glass was heard breaking and the owner was alerted.

“A case was opened and no arrests made as yet.”

Wiid also confirmed that clothing was stolen, however, she could not say what the value was.

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