Criminals target Kokstad shops

2016-03-04 06:00
Photo: khaya magenu Police at Checkout after the robbery.

Photo: khaya magenu Police at Checkout after the robbery.

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TWO men stormed into Checkout in Kokstad and threatened a security guard with a firearm before making off with an estimated R500 000 on Monday morning.

This is the second time the store has been hit.
In December 2015, robbers got away with R500 after pointing a firearm at the security guard demanding money.

Fever understand that Kokstad businesses have been hit by a spate of crime since the beginning of the year and the SAPS is very concerned.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Dumisani Ncongo confirmed the incident. He said a case of business robbery has been opened at Kokstad police station, but no arrests have yet been made.

“The security guard was approached by two unknown men, whom he cannot identify,” said Ncongo.

The suspects allegedly pointed a firearm at him and took him to the back of the store, which they entered through a passage and forced the gate and door to the store open.

“The security guard’s feet were tied with a scarf and his hands with his shoe laces. Thereafter the suspect entered the shop and cut four safes open with a grinder and removed cash estimated to be R500 000,” said Ncongo.

He warns business to be alert at all times. He told business owners to install a monitored alarm system. He also suggested that CCTV cameras be installed in areas where people can hide. He also told business people to regularly bank money and not keep large amounts in the shop.

“We ask the community to come forward with information that can lead to an arrest in this case. They must contact police on 039 797 1153 with any information,” said Ncongo.

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