Hold-up: Three men pounce on garage owner

2010-09-24 00:00

A PIETERMARITZBURG businessman was attacked and robbed of his vehicle and a large sum of money at his business yesterday morning.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan said the owner of the Town Hill One Stop garage in Hyslop Road, Nico van Niekerk, had just opened for the day at about 7 am. He heard voices outside and went to investigate when three men pounced on him.

“Moments later one of the men entered his premises and produced a firearm. At gunpoint the suspect ordered Van Niekerk to lie on the floor, to which he complied. The suspect then demanded cash and thereafter called his two accomplices who were standing guard outside,” said Jeevan.

She said they took an undisclosed amount of money from Van Niekerk’s drawer and counter and from his pockets.

Before they disappeared with Van Niekerk’s gold Ford Fiesta they used a padlock, which they had brought along, to lock the main gate.

The vehicle’s registration number is NR 10295.

Jeevan has appealed to anyone with information about the robbery to contact Warrant Officer Ranitha Hajee at 033 845 7795 or Crime Stop at 08600 10111.

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