Keep an eye on your cash

2013-07-19 00:00

THE Ocean Basket on Mackeurtan Avenue, Durban North, was targeted by armed robbers on Monday 8 July as they were opening for business.

The staff member who was opening the doors at 10am was approached by three unknown African men who asked for employment.

After he had told them that he was not hiring and turned his back to continue what he was doing, the men called out to him again.

This time when he turned around he saw that two of the men were pointing firearms at him.

They motioned to him and the staff to lie on the floor and demanded the safe keys.

Once they had emptied the safe of R20 000 they also stole five cellphones from staff members.

They fled in a red Golf with an unknown registration.

Spokesman for Durban North SAPS, Lieutenant Raymond Deokaran said that no arrests have yet been made.

A woman was robbed of R320 000 in cash in another incident near Standard Bank Millenium Boulevard on Wednesday morning 10 July.

“The complainant was walking towards the bank - after having parked her car - with a fairly large black bag under her arm containing R320 000 in cash,” Deokaran said.

“Whilst walking towards the bank an unknown African male grabbed the bag and when she turned he pointed a firearm at her head. She then let go of the bag, fearing for her life.”

The bag-snatcher then escaped, driving away in a white Ford Fiesta. No arrests have yet been made. However, part of the vehicle registration was obtained and the police are trying to trace the car. Lieutenant Deokaran has also warned members of the public to take extra caution when using ATMs as there has been a recent spike in the theft of bank cards at the machines.

A recent incident occurred at the Standard Bank at Gateway.

“The complainant was at the ATM in the process of drawing money when she was approached by a man who told her that he had left his slip in the machine and wanted to retrieve it,” Deokaran said.

The victim allowed the man to do so and he grabbed his slip and left. It was then that the woman noticed her card was missing. A while later she received an sms from her bank notifying her that R5 000 had been withdrawn.

The targets are usually women, Deokaran added, warning the public to avoid isolated ATMs.

On the other hand, he said, they are also advised to be extra careful if there is too much activity at these ATMs.

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