Knifemen rob store in Ashburton

2012-03-14 00:00

FOUR men stormed an Ashburton bottle store yesterday and made off with cash and goods amounting to thousands of rands.

The men held up employee Winnie Sikhosana with a knife and robbed her of stock, cash, cigarettes and a computer hard drive.

Store owner Freek Pretorius said the total value of items stolen was more than R29 000.

Sikhosana was not physically harmed during the robbery.

Pretorius said this was the second attempt to rob his bottle store.

“Previously they tried to break in but were not successful and this was during the night so there was no one in the store.”

Police spokesperson Joey Jeevan said Sikhosana was cleaning when two men came in and asked to buy cool drinks. They were followed by two others, who held her up with a knife.

Pretorius said he was not present when yesterday’s robbery took place. “At this point we do not have many details on the suspects, we know that there were four men, two of them were wearing balaclavas.” He said Sikhosana “was very traumatised by the incident and we have taken her to the doctor”.

The men also took the computer central processing unit and removed the hard drive. Pretorius said the unit was recovered next to the railway station.

Jeevan said there have been no arrests.

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