Robber mugs woman at SPCA

2010-12-03 00:00

A 50-YEAR-OLD woman was robbed outside an animal care shelter in Margate soon after putting down her pets yesterday morning.

The woman, who did not want to be named, and her daughter were walking away from the Lower South Coast SPCA when one of a gang of three men grabbed her bag from her shoulder.

She thought that the tug she felt was her daughter playing a trick.

“All I remember was being dragged on the gravel and then hearing my daughter’s screams,” the woman said.

On hearing the screams, SPCA personnel raced outside to find the bruised and bleeding woman lying on the gravel.

SPCA manager, Alistair Sinclair, administered first aid before taking the woman to their clinic to treat the grazes on her left arm and under her chin.

“The wounds are superficial, but the psychological wounds are far worse,” he said.

SPCA chairperson Denzel Massyn said the attack was alarming and it is the first time that something like this has happened.

“We will definitely be increasing our security,” he said.

It is believed that the men had been outside the SPCA premises for a lengthy period.

“One of the men was in the reception of the SPCA before the attack, asking strange questions, but we didn’t think anything of it at the time,” said Sinclair.

“Now when we look back, he was sussing out the scene.”

The woman believes that one of the men must have seen her put some money into her purse after paying the SPCA with a cheque for its euthanasia service.

“I paid before I left, but because I had less cash than the amount due, I decided to pay with a cheque.

“Someone must have seen me put that amount into my purse.”

Some of the staff saw the men dash through the bushes and gave chase on foot and in vehicles.

They only recovered an empty handbag and a chequebook.

“Everything of mine is gone: my bank cards, licence, ID, everything,” said the woman.

Sinclair and Massyn commended the Margate SA Police Force, Hibiscus Coast Protection Services and emergency services for their quick response.

“They were here within minutes,” Sinclair said.

The woman thanked the SPCA for their compassionate care and the police and protection services for being there within minutes.

Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid of the SAPF in Port Shepstone said that police are investigating a case of robbery.

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