South Africa 12.2.2015 11:59 am

Filling station thieves caught in the act

Picture: Thinkstock

Picture: Thinkstock

Three suspects will face charges of business burglary after attempting to steal from a filling station shop in Isando, Ekurhuleni.

The suspects, aged 27, 38 and 45, were caught by a security guard as they were about to steal money and cigarettes from the shop, Kempton Express reported.

Sebenza police spokesperson Constable Sharon Mahamba said the three suspects broke into the store on the corner of Isando and Barbara roads last week.

The security guard had been stationed inside the shop at the time.

“The three suspects, who said they had planned to steal cash and cigarettes, were caught by the security guard before they could finish their mission,” said Mahamba.

At the same time, a sector vehicle had been patrolling and saw the incident.

One of the suspects was arrested on the spot. The other two attempted to flee, but were later caught by the police.

Crimes at filling stations have become rife.

In January, video footage emerged of an apparent armed robbery at the Engen Service Station on the R21 north, just outside Kempton Park, on Gauteng’s East Rand.

The incident, which was captured by CCTV cameras, took place just after 11am on January 17, and shows a motorist being robbed while parked at one of the fuel pumps at the station in Olifantsfontein.

In the same month, a balaclava-clad young man armed with a shotgun, single-handedly robbed the Shell Clubview filling station on Old Johannesburg Road in Centurion.

Johan Fourie, assistant manager at the filling station, said it took the man about 30 seconds to enter the store, empty the till and flee the scene in a blue vehicle believed to have been a Ford Fiesta.

– Caxton News Service

 

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