PMB home, shops targeted in spate of hold-ups

2008-07-13 00:00

Last week saw a spate of armed robberies at Pietermaritzburg homes and businesses.

On Saturday night, two armed men posing as customers entered Thabo’s supermarket in Railway Street and bought maas. While waiting for their change they held up the cashier and stole R11 000.

On Thursday, there were three armed robberies. In Raisethorpe, Theron Munusamy (33) was robbed of a large amount of cash on the doorstep of his house. He had withdrawn the money from a CBD bank a few minutes earlier.

As Munusamy was waiting for his wife to open the door, two men approached from behind and one snatched his moneybag before assaulting him. Another man, who was armed with a firearm, took his cellphone.

Less than two hours later, four men made off with four television sets that were being offloaded at Mani Electronic in Langalibalele Street. Dennis Mhlongo was confronted at gunpoint and each man grabbed a TV. Two of them fled in a taxi while the other two fled on foot, but were immediately arrested, after Mhlongo notified police who were driving by.

That evening, another business was robbed at gunpoint. Three men attacked Mohamed Essa (36) in his Allandale shop.

Essa was with an employee when a man demanded cash at gunpoint. A few minutes later his security guard, who also had a gun pointed at him by a second robber, entered the shop. A third man then entered and ordered Essa to hand over the keys to his white Chrysler Voyager vehicle, which the attackers fled in. The vehicle has the number plate Fatima-ZN.

For the Raisethorpe and Allandale robberies, police are appealing for information. Contact Captain Pipes Haffajee at 033 387 9630 or 083 231 6496, or Crime Stop at 08600 10111.

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