The Phoenix area has been the target of a number of business robberies after police officers attended to three recent incidents.
The first incident occurred at a local butchery. It is alleged that five unknown male suspects, all armed with firearms, stormed into the butchery, pointed firearms at staff and demanded money from them.
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One of the men went to the cashier, struck her on the head with the butt of the firearm and took about R30, 000 cash from her till the men then fled on foot towards Bester.
Cpt Louise Naidoo, communications officer of Phoenix SAPS, said, “No shots were fired. The cashier sustained an injury to her head and was taken to hospital. A case of business robbery has been opened and is currently under investigation.”
This followed an incident on Chartford Road where members responded to a business robbery in progress. Upon arrival, the suspects fled and members gave chase on foot. The two men were arrested on Cardham Drive.
Cpt Naidoo said, “They were found to be in possession of stolen chocolates, cigarettes bags and cash from the till. The property was handed back to the lawful owner.”
On Thursday in Flanders Drive, the complainant, a security guard, was in the guard room when he noticed four men. One suspect was in possession of a crowbar.
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The suspect used the crowbar to damage the gate and force it open. The suspects began approaching the guard room and the complainant pressed the panic button.
Upon hearing the alarm, the suspects fled the scene in a white VW Golf. Nothing was taken.
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