Police spokesperson Lieutenant Mzwandile Nyambi said the suspects were travelling in a white Golf and a BMW was also present at the scene on Monday. All the employees were ordered into the store. Some were locked up in the kitchen and others in the toilet, Corridor Gazette reported.
The gang cleaned out the store’s cash register and drop safe, then bombed the ATM inside the store.
He said police officers responded to the scene. Upon their arrival, a shootout with robbers ensued. They, however, managed to escape. No one was injured during the shooting.
“For most of the staff members, it was the first time to be so close to a gunfight. So they are receiving trauma counselling,” Nyambi said.
Since the incident the petrol station has been closed for business.
Nyambi urged the community to assist them in the ongoing investigation. Anyone with any information can contact Nyambi on 079 891 5782.
In a separate incident, two ATMs were bombed in the Free State in March.
An armed gang of 15 people arrived at the Standard Bank ATM on Bok Street at 3.28am in a white Mercedes-Benz and a Toyota Yaris, said Captain Stephen Thakeng.
They used an explosive device to bomb the ATM and took cash, added Thakeng.
“The other ATM was bombed at 1.50am when four people armed with automatic rifles arrived at a petrol station in Kutloanong in a white Mercedes-Benz and held up petrol attendants.
“An undisclosed amount of cash was robbed. Then the four suspects walked towards an ATM, explosive devices were used to bomb it, and cash was also stolen,” said Thakeng.
– Caxton News Service