Garsfontein police spokesperson Warrant Officer Dave Miller said the two suspects stormed into the Bakers Bin store on the corner of Godfrey Street and Gilda Road at about 2pm on Wednesday, Rekord East reported.
CCTV footage obtained by the store shows a man and a woman driving up to the side of the store in a red Hyundai Getz before getting out and clearing space in the car.
The car is seen reversing the car out of view of the camera and loading the store’s generator in the car before speeding off.
Store employees and management, realising what had happened, ran to the scene, but the suspects had already disappeared out of sight.
“This set us back thousands of rand, as we had to buy a new generator, for the store to remain open during loadshedding. We have also opened a case of theft with the police,” said Michael Henwick, manager of Bakers Bin.
Miller said theft of generators is on the rise.
“Although it is not a daily occurrence, theft of generators is on the rise. The recent increase in loadshedding has created a black market for generators,” added Miller.
Miller said anyone with information on the two suspected generator thieves or sees anyone stealing a generator can notify the Garsfontein police on 012-470-4200.
– Caxton News Service