19 November 2018

Staff held up in three Durban business robberies within 48 hours

Three Durban business robberies occurred within 48 hours of each other last week.

A gang of armed robbers held up staff at a business premises in Reservoir Hills on Friday afternoon.

Blue Security community and media liaison office Andreas Mathios said four suspects entered a business premises in Kies Avenue and pretended to be customers before robbing the shop of cash and cigarettes at around 1.25pm.

“The suspects pick up shopping baskets and walked around pretending to be customers, before a further two balaclava-clad suspects entered the shop. One of the suspects produced a firearm and held up the staff, ordering the manager to instruct cashiers to open their tills and hand over cash,” Mathios said.

“The suspects also ransacked the cigarette kiosk before fleeing the scene on foot and running to a nearby intersection where they jumped into a waiting getaway vehicle,” Mathios said.

In a separate business robbery earlier that same day, at around 3am Friday morning, a suspect held up a woman at a business premises in Tern Way in Woodhaven. “The suspect gained entry into the premises through a bathroom window which was unsecured. He held up the woman with a pair of scissors and robbed her of a cellphone, laptop, watch and cash. He fled the scene through the bathroom window,” Mathios said.

Montclair SAPS attended the scene of the crime.

Mathios said a third business robbery incident was reported when armed robbers targeted a business in Westmead in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Four suspects entered a business premises in Trafford Road in Westmead at around 5.30am, where they held up the onsite security guards at gunpoint. “The suspects drove into the premises in a silver/grey Toyota Corolla Professional and parked their vehicle next to the main driveway gate. Two suspects, armed with firearms, jumped out of the vehicle and held up the security guards at gunpoint, while the other two suspects forced open the door and security gate of a business premises on site,” Mathios said.

“The suspects loaded laptops, a computer and security cameras into their vehicle and robbed the security guards of their cellphones before fleeing the scene. No injuries were reported,” Mathios said.

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