Drop Inn robbed twice in a week

2016-02-09 06:00

Police are looking for six suspects who were involved in an armed robbery at the Drop Inn liquor store in Imam Haron Road, Lansdowne on Wednesday last week at about 09:30.

The robbery at the store was the second one in less than a week.

Sergeant Nkululeko Mnyaka, Lansdowne police spokesperson, says the robbers arrived at the store pretending to be customers.

“According to the 51-year-old store manager the men came in as customers, when suddenly one of them pointed a firearm at her. They ordered her to go and open the safe at the back,” Mnyaka says.

“They took money from the safe while [the other suspects] were carrying boxes of liquor from the storeroom.”

During the robbery, Mnyaka says, the store manager and two shop assistants were forced to the back of the store into a fridge and told not to look.

The suspects fled in a silver VW Polo with an undisclosed amount of cash, boxes of expensive whiskey and boxes of cigarettes.

The car registration number is unknown.

Mnyaka confirms no shots were fired during the incident and no-one was hurt.

A case of business robbery has been opened for investigation.

Mnyaka says the store manager could not describe what the suspects looked like, but she could identify that the suspects spoke in Xhosa.

“This is the second robbery in seven days occurring at the same place. The other incident occurred on Thursday 28 January at 16:10 when four unknown African men came in the store and threatened the cashier with a firearm. They took an undisclosed amount of liquor and cigarettes and fled the scene with a red bubble-shaped Toyota Corolla,” Mnyaka says.

The registration number of this car is also unknown. No arrests have been made for either robbery.

Anyone with information should contact the Lansdowne detectives on 021 700 9000 or 082 576 2804 or Captain Gavin Sias, the trio crime commander, on 082 411 1426.

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