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Businesses robbed in Kleinmond and Botrivier

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The area around Pep stores in Kleinmond was cordoned off after an armed robbery on Sunday.
The area around Pep stores in Kleinmond was cordoned off after an armed robbery on Sunday.
Rick Marais

Brazen robbers hit on two businesses in the Overberg over the weekend and made off with large amounts of money.In the first incident on Sunday, staff of Pep Stores in Kleinmond were left shaken when two robbers made off with a stolen car and cash after robbing them at gunpoint.

Warrant Officer Martin Mostert, spokesperson for the Kleinmond police, reported two men entered the shop at approximately 12:30 on Sunday. One of them, he said, reportedly used a firearm. “The suspects allegedly forced the store manager to open the safe, from which they took an undisclosed amount of money. They also took the keys to the manager’s white Chevrolet bakkie with CAM registration, which they used to flee the scene. No shots were fired and nobody was injured.

”The police later found the vehicle abandoned in 13th Avenue, close to the Riemvasmaak informal settlement.“DNA samples and fingerprints were taken,” Mostert said. “The suspects remain at large. The investigation into the business robbery continues.”

Later that same day three armed robbers made off with a large amount of cash as well as cigarettes and an airtime machine which they had stolen at Montevista Cafe in Botrivier.Colonel Joe Hartnick, head of the Caledon Detectives, reports that three men armed with firearms entered the shop and allegedly forced the shop owner into a back room where they tied him and his two workers up with telephone cords.

“They forced the owner to hand over a large amount of money. It is believed they also took money from the tills. In addition to this, they also stole cigarettes to the value of R 3 000 as well as the airtime machine,” Hartnick stated.

The shop owner managed to untie himself and the workers and called the police. Forensic experts were also on the scene to take DNA samples and fingerprints. Despite this, the suspects remain at large. Anyone with information about the robbery in Bot River can contact Colonel Joe Hartnick on 082 778 7367.

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