No arrests after shop robbery

2015-10-13 06:00

Owners of the One cash and carry shop in Lansdowne are still in a state of shock after they were robbed on Wednesday morning last week.

According to Colonel Herman Seals, commander at Lansdowne police station, the shop, located on the corner of St Aidans and Windsor roads, was robbed on Wednesday at 10:45.

The shop is owned by Chinese nationals.

Seals says eight unknown African males armed with firearms and knives entered the shop and started to assault people in the shop.

He says that R20 000 cash was taken and that four cellphones to the value of R10 000 were also taken in the robbery.

The five people who were in the shop sustained injuries during the robbery and were taken to hospital for treatment.

Eyewitnesses on the scene allegedly heard gun shots, but police say that no shots were fired during the robbery.

When People’s Post visited the store on Thursday, it seemed as if it was business as usual with the store open for nearby patrons.

But on closer investigation, the atmosphere was one of tension.

As a result, the Chinese nationals who were present in the store refused to give comment on the robbery, instead fingering one of the shop stewards.

James Mkailo (22) then confirmed that one of the Chinese nationals was stabbed and that the suspects fled in an unidentified car.

“They came and robbed them. Four guys. I was inside working and they beat them, they wanted money,” he said.

He confirmed that all the crime was caught on security cameras on the premises, and the footage was handed to the police for investigation.

No arrests have been made at this stage and cases of business robbery and assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm have been opened for investigation.

Anyone with information can contact the Lansdowne detectives on 021 700 9000.

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