Merchandise over R90 000 stolen in armed robbery

2009-04-20 00:00

MORE than R90 000 worth of cellphones and airtime was stolen during an armed robbery from a business at the Selgro Centre in the Pietermaritzburg city centre yesterday morning.

The incident took place just after 9 am at Rana Cellular in Church Street.

“They stole E90s, 6500s, N95s ... all of the top of the range phones,” said 42-year-old Mohamed Sattar. “”In total it was over 120 cellphones.”

Sattar said one of the robbers came into the shop about 10 minutes before the incident and left after looking at the merchandise.

“He came back with four other guys and they pulled out their guns and said we musn’t move.”

Two of the men took all of the stock and money (including the loose change) behind the counter while forcing everyone in the store to lie on the floor.

“They also took my wallet with my car keys and drivers licence and bank cards,” he said. “They stole my brother’s passports and some of my staff members’ asylum papers.”

Sattar’s security guard, 26-year-old Bheki Hlophe, could barely find his words when The Witness spoke to him.

“I’m scared,” he said. “Imagine when I go to the taxi rank later and they’re still waiting for me … Who knows, they might even come back to the shop.”

Sattar’s brother, 34-year-old Shahid, said at most, the incident lasted five minutes.

He said he was also asked for his phone, but he said he didn’t have one. “They didn’t search me … I’m still in shock,” he said.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Inspector Bheki Shelembe of the Pietermaritzburg Detective Service on his office number at 033 845 2737 or on his cellular phone number at 072 246 7296, or Crime Stop on the toll free number: 08600 10111.

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