THABAZIMBI – Two filling stations and convenience stores in Thabazimbi were hit by armed robbers the past weekend. Both incidents happened within hours of each other on the night of Sunday evening 21 June and the early morning hours of Monday 22 June 2015.
The first incident was on Sunday 21/06/2015. It is reported that at about 22:30, two African males entered the shop at the BP Filling station in town and bought five packs of chewing gum and left. The same males returned sometime later and on entering the shop, they ordered the employees on duty to lie down while they took the cashier to the till and robbed the garage of an amount of R10 000. It is reported that the suspects were armed with firearms.
The two suspects fled the scene on foot and no arrests have been made.
The second incident happened early Monday morning 22/06/2015 at about 02:00 when two African males entered the shop at the Engen Filling station after giving the petrol attendant R300 to fill the car with petrol.
One of them wore a blue UZZI jacket and had a red Nike-bag. They threatened the cashier with firearms and demanded to hand over all the money in the till. The cashier was also instructed to lie down and they even took back the R300 they paid for the petrol before it could even reach the till. The total amount taken from the till came to R3695.85
With the money safely inside the red bag, they also stole other items such as biltong and 20 packets of cigarettes. The total amount of the stolen items including the money is worth R4495.80. The suspects drove off with Silver Grey BMW of which the registration is unknown.
The suspects match the description the suspects who was involved in the incident at the BP Filling station. The SAPS made an appeal to the public to assist for the success of the investigation.
Thabazimbi Police has opened a case docket of Business Robbery on both instances. Investigations are continuing.
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