Thieves hit cellular outlet 

2017-06-09 06:00



IT was business as usual at Rosewood Square Complex in Kokstad yesterday morning, however, five unknown men robbed the MTN shop at around 9am.

Eyewitnesses told the Fever that a white car entered the shopping complex and parked in front of the shop in a disabled parking bay. The security guard said he told the driver to move, but he refused.
“After he refused to move the car, I saw MTN employees knocking on the closed door trying to get in and report for duty, but they became suspicious when they saw their colleagues lying on the floor inside the shop being held at gunpoint,” said the security guard.

The guard said when he tried to find out what was happening inside the shop, a firearm was also pointed at him by the driver of the car, who kept watch as other suspects were inside the shop. Shortly thereafter, the five came out of the shop and got into the car and drove away with an undisclosed amount of money, jewellery­ and cellphones.

A convoy of police vehicles arrived at the centre within minutes and chased after the suspects.

“It seems as though robbers are targeting the small town of Kokstad.
“It was like a movie when I saw people pointing firearms,” said a witness.

No shots were fired and no injuries were reported. This incident happened while scores of grant beneficiaries were queueing at the ATM to withdraw their money next to the MTN shop.

At the time of going to press it was not clear whether the suspects have been apprehended. The MTN shop manager could not reached for comment.



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