Richmond sees wave of armed robberies

2010-08-12 00:00

RESIDENTS of Richmond in the midlands are living in fear following a string of armed robberies in homes, streets and businesses.

Now police are looking for four men in connection with the robberies, which took place between June and July.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said four men held up Funokwakhe Nxele of Smozomeni village while he was walking to a local tuckshop at about 6 pm on June 24. He was robbed of his wallet with R1 000 and cellphone.

At 3 pm on June 27, a group of three men entered Jetmart fashion store in Richmond CBD, held up staff and stole cash and cellphones.

“Another group of four men held up three brothers in a flat in Chilley Street. They broke through burglar guards,” he said.

He said they forced their victims to lie down on the floor, tied them up, broke into a safe and took R40 000 cash and nine cellphones.

“In all these cases no shots were fired and the robbers fled on foot,” said Naicker.

Anyone who may know the men should contact Captain Venter at 033 212 9453 or 082 459 6266. Callers who wish to remain anonymous should call Crime Stop toll- free at 08600 10111.

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