Richards Bay engine garage robbed “consecutively”

Picture: Thinkstock

Picture: Thinkstock

Investigations are underway after the Engine service garage in Veldenvlei, Richards Bay in KwaZulu-Natal was robbed by armed gang on two consecutive weekends.

Richards Bay police spokesperson, Captain Debbie Ferreira said a week after the Engine service garage in Weigelia road fell victim to an armed robbery during which suspects fled with cash and cigarettes, the outlet was hit again on Friday night in a similar incident, Zululand Observer reported.

The cashier was allegedly approached by a gunman and robbed of cash and cigarettes while an accomplice kept guard at the door.

Business Against Crime Manager, Dave Whittaker warned local businesses to exercise extra caution as the festive season approaches.

“A concerted effort has been made by the police and the South Africa Banking Risk Information Centre (SABRIC) to sensitise businesses and individuals to be more alert, use drop safes and keep as little cash in the till points as possible.

“Businesses must take steps to safeguard themselves and reduce the risks,” he said.

On July, a 49-year old Bryanston garage manager was shot and killed in a robbery in the north of Johannesburg.

It was alleged the man was on his way back from the bank when the suspects approached him, demanded money and shot him.

Police launched a manhunt for the two male suspects.

Caxton News Service



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