BURGERSFORT – Limpopo SAPS are on the heels of suspects who committed a business theft at one of the clothing stores in the Twin City complex.
The incident happened at around 2:50 p.m. on Saturday. The suspects fled with cash and cell phones. âFive suspects reportedly entered the store, one pointed a gun while the other ordered the other workers to lie down at gunpoint.
“Among the suspects, one of them who was wearing work clothes and a bag asked who was in possession of the keys to the store,” said Limpopo SAPS spokesman Brigadier Motlafelo Mojapelo. Mojapelo said one of the staff was ordered to open the checkouts under severe duress, and suspects took R8,500 in cash and cell phones on the screen. The total value of all stolen items is estimated at R114,396.90. According to Mojapelo, no shots were fired and no injuries were sustained during the flight. âThe unknown suspects with their faces covered in balaclavas and masks are said to have fled the scene on foot. “
Steelburger / Lydenburg News spoke to an eyewitness who was in the store during the robbery. The woman is a prominent restaurant owner in the CBD and said she was grateful to be alive.
âI was in the store during the robbery. At first, I was unaware that the store was being broken into. I noticed the guy who was wearing the coveralls. It was me, my daughter and him in the store; he pretended to go shopping. âOut of the blue, one of the staff emerged; she was in a state of nervousness. She kindly asked me to leave the store as it was dangerous for me and my three year old.
The customer revealed to the newspaper that she immediately left the store and called security and SAPS. Unfortunately, it was too late, as the suspects had already disappeared.
âI am grateful because the lady saved my life and that of my daughter. She was traumatized, but she passed the message anyway and nodded that they had been attacked, âthe eyewitness added. Limpopo SAPS has asked anyone with information about the suspects to call the free number 08600 10111 or contact the nearest police station. Police investigations are continuing.