Man tells of horrific armed robbery

A Centurion man was about to exit the convenient store of a Total filling station in The Reeds on Sunday when five robbers armed with AK-47’s entered the store.

After one of the robbers grabbed this cellphone, car keys and R1 200, the man was forced to the ground, kicked in the ribs and then dragged to the back of the store.

The man, who asked not to be named, said: “We (including the Total employees) were told to lie down on the floor while they were busy getting into the till drawers and safe. After only a few minutes, which felt like a lifetime, there was a loud bang and smoke quickly filled the store.”

He said it took the robbers mere minutes to clear the tills and safe before fleeing the scene.

“These guys mean business and would not think twice before taking your life,” he said.

MonitorNet arrived on the scene after they responded to a panic alarm triggered by one of the Total garage employees. When they arrived, the robbers opened fire and escaped with an undisclosed amount of money.

Theo Petzer, operational manager of MonitorNet, said two reaction vehicles were dispatched to the filling station. “Thankfully no one got hurt during the shooting.”

Captain Thomas Mufamadi, police spokesperson, said a similar robbery occurred at an Engen filing station around midnight on Sunday in Olievenhoutbosch. “The modus operandi was exactly the same. We are investigating whether or not both incidents were connected.”

No arrests had been made by Monday afternoon.

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Natalie Grobler
Moot journalist

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