Police search for lodge robbers

Pretoria police launched a manhunt today for four men who cut a 66-year-old man’s ear and also shot another during a robbery at a lodge in Cullinan.

“They haven’t been arrested yet but we are searching for them and following up on leads,” said spokesperson Johannes Jafta. The man was sitting with two employees at the Wilde Sering lodge on Saturday evening when he heard the dogs bark and went out to investigate.

He was then confronted by two armed men who took him back into the lodge, tied him up and assaulted him, said Jafta.

His 56-year-old wife arrived a while later at the lodge and was also tied up and assaulted.

The four accomplices then demanded the keys to the safe from the lodge owner and when the man refused, the robbers cut one of his ears.

They then ransacked the lodge and stole appliances and cellphones and sped off.

The lodge owner phoned his son-in-law, who is in his 30s, who responded and spotted a white Volkswagen Jetta with four occupants near the lodge.

The son-in-law gave chase and drove into the Jetta, causing one of its doors to fall off.

The robbers retaliated by firing shots at the man, wounding him in the lower abdomen.

He was still recovering in hospital today, said Jafta.

The lodge owner, his wife and the employees were treated in hospital before being discharged. He received stitches to his ear.

Anyone with information on the robbery can call Captain Tselana on 082 822 7014.

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