Five rob R290?000

2015-05-05 06:00
Police are looking for five men linked to an armed robbery at SA Metal in Wetton on Wednesday. 

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Police are looking for five men linked to an armed robbery at SA Metal in Wetton on Wednesday. PHOTO: chevon Booysen

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Robbers made off with a large sum of money in an armed robbery in Wetton last Wednesday.

“At 08:50 Lansdowne police received a complaint from the manager of SA Metal in Wetton Road,” says police spokesperson Sergeant Nkululeko Mnyaka.

“The manager says he was assisting a ­client when he felt something at his back. He turned around and saw an unknown man pointing a gun at him. The man threatened him and demanded money. The suspect forced the man into the cashier’s office and instructed the cashier to hand over money,” he says. A sum of R290 000 was taken, as well as a Samsung cellphone valued at R3 000. The suspect was dressed in a blue overall with the word “metro” on the front.

Mnyaka says the manager reported that one man had robbed him, but according to witnesses five men arrived in a white Chevrolet Cruze with the registration number CA 80167. A trace showed that this belongs to a Volkswagen Golf.

Witnesses reported that three men climbed out of the car. “Two men were in the scrapyard; one entered the building. We suspect that the two men were monitoring the place while the other one robbed the cash office,” he tells People’s Post.

Mnyaka explains that the witnesses only linked the other two men (who stayed behind in the car) to the robbery when they saw the gun-wielding suspect and the two lookouts run to the Chevrolet before speeding off in an unknown direction.

No shots were fired and no injuries were sustained during the robbery. A case of business robbery is being investigated and no arrests have been made so far. Mnyaka confirms that the police will review CCTV footage of the incident.


Anyone with information on the incident is urged to call the Lansdowne police on 021 700 9000 or 082 576 2804

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