Armed robbers shoot-out one arrested

2015-09-02 06:00

AN early morning “customer” at Mahomed­ Store in York Street was obviously the lookout for an armed gang which, half an hour later, burst into the store and banged the front doors shut.

The so-called customer had said he was going to the bank to get money, but returned with three others who were armed with a 9mm and an Okapi­ knife.

The robbers demanded the safe keys from store owner Mr Mahomed Nakooda and his son Ismail, who were at the till and who told them there was no safe.

The gang grabbed the money from the till and from Mahomed’s pocket and took Ismail’s wallet. The two were then assaulted and tied up.

In the meantime the “customer” had brought employee Mr Premloknat to the till and tied him with cable. As one of the robbers was about to hit him, Ismail shouted, “leave him alone he is not well” and the robber did.

One of two other employees, who were hiding in the kitchen alerted Field Security, Greytown SA Police and B-Secure.

As Sudesh Maharaj from Field Security and his team approached the store, the robbers started shooting from inside. No one was hit.

The four then ran through the shop, up the stairs at the back and jumped off a balcony. It is reported that two of them landed on the roof of Kharodia’s Wholesale and ran into the bushes.

The other two robbers ran off up the hill and were rapidly pursued by the police and security personnel. Witnesses reported bullets flying but said the police and security action was prompt and efficient.

While the chase was on a woman living off Cooper Street heard the shooting and attempted to run. She was shot in the stomach by one of the robbers and is in a critical condition in hospital.

One of the men was arrested as he tried to escape towards the Dundee road – the other three are still at large.

Greytown Station Commander, Major Mchunu has appealed to anyone with information to contact 082 556 8259.The family and staff have expressed their gratitude to the Police, security forces and the community for their incredible support

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