National 18.8.2016 03:54 pm

WATCH: Woman robbed at Total garage

Photo: Berea Mail

Photo: Berea Mail

The garage manager pressed the panic button as the suspects sped off.

CCTV footage has emerged showing a woman being robbed at a Total garage in Vorna Valley, Midrand.

The suspects made off with her handbag.

The incident, which took place on Wednesday was caught on CCTV footage and shows the woman and two children leaving the car and walking towards the garage shop, Midrand Reporter reported.

A moment later the suspects’ vehicle is seen parking on the left side of the woman’s vehicle then backs out of the parking bay and parks on the right side of her car. The woman returns a few minutes later with purchases. A man, who appears to be one of the garage petrol attendants, helps carry her purchases to the car.

The children then get into the car and, as she walks to the driver’s side, a man gets out of the vehicle and steals her bag. The man gets back into the passenger seat of the vehicle, and they speed off.

A post on the People Who Live in Midrand Facebook page stated that the getaway vehicle of the suspects looked like a silver Suzuki Grand Vitara 2004 model.

Garage manager, Mahomed Atcha said the incident, which happened in broad daylight, was shocking. “We were shocked, this is the first incident we have had in years. The garage has not had such incidents before.”

Atcha said when he noticed what was happening, he pressed the panic button and a security company quickly came, but the suspects had left.

“I also told a Midrand police officer who came by of the incident.”

Midrand police spokesperson Constable Matome Tlamela confirmed the incident.

“The officer tried to assist the woman, but she told him she cannot go and report the matter at a police station as she had children with her. She allegedly said she would report it at Sandton Police Station, as it is close to where she stays,” added Tlamela.

Tlamela said if the matter was reported to Sandton Police Station it would be transferred back to Midrand Police Station, as the crime took place in Midrand.

– Caxton News Service

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