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Uitenhage businesses robbed within hours, owners urged to beef up security

Nov 14, 2017
Uitenhage businesses robbed within hours, owners urged to beef up security

Police in Uitenhage are warning businesses and residents to beef up their security this festive season after three armed suspects allegedly robbed two businesses within hours of each incident in Uitenhage on Sunday night and fled. A manhunt is currently underway.  

"It is alleged that three suspects entered the first shop at a fuelling station in Durban Street, Uitenhage, at about 22:30, on Sunday, pretending to be clients," said police spokesperson, Captain Gerda Swart. 

"One suspect pointed a firearm and demanded cash from the complainant. The suspects fled with cash, cigarettes and a cellphone from the scene."

She said that it is further alleged that the same three suspects entered the second business (also a shop at a fuelling station) in Caledon Street, early on Monday morning, at about 00:20. 

"The suspects also took an undisclosed amount of cash and a cellphone from the business," said Captain Swart.  

"Police are investigating two cases of robberies at business premises. 

"No shots were fired and no one sustained any injuries during these robberies and detectives are following up on all possible leads."

She said that as people are getting ready to take a much-needed break this festive season, the South African Police Service, in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies and emergency services, will be out in full force to ensure the safety of the citizens and visitors to the area. 

“We will be intensifying our police visibility and strengthening our partnership with the community in the fight against crime during this period”, said the acting Cluster Commander of Uitenhage, Brigadier Ronald Koll.

Brigadier Koll also appealed to business owners and security companies to be more vigilant and to report suspicious behaviour immediately to their local police. 

Koll also pleaded with the business community to beef up their security at their respective businesses and to make use of drop safes and to alter their days and ways of banking. 

Anyone who might be able to assist with any information, may contact the investigating officer, Detective Warrant Officer Josh Victor on 083 455 1853 or Crime Stop number 08600 10111.