Sunford tuck-shop robbed by three attackers

A business owner and his customers were left fearing for their lives after the business, a tuck-shop in Billford Road, Sunford, was robbed by three attackers, one of which armed with a cane knife on Monday.

The store owner, who identified himself as Eddy, described the incident.

“On the day, a red Toyta Tazz was seen driving up Billford before turning and parking down the road from the shop. Three men exited the vehicle carrying a bag and casually walked up to the store. Two entered immediately. The remaining man drew a cane knife from the bag and entered, pulling down the roller door behind him, leaving it half closed,” he explained.

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He added that once they were inside, a second man withdrew an Okapi knife threatening a customer and the store clerk before escaping with cash, a cellphone and cigarettes.

“We have security cameras in the store. My wife monitors them from inside the house. Unfortunately, during this incident she stepped away for five minutes to fry samoosas. That was all the time they needed to get in and out. Since then we have begun updating our security system,” he added.

A customer in the store at the time, 70-year-old Rajendiran Padayachee also recalled the incident.

“At about 1:30pm, I came out of my home and closed the gate. I noticed three men at the intersection with a bag. When I entered the tuck shop, they followed me, in pulling down the roller door. They withdrew the cane knife and Okapi knife and began taking cash from the till,” said Padayachee.

He further stated that he had R2, 000 cash in his pocket and attempted to hide it in one of the shelves but one of the suspects noticed, taking his cash and his cellphone.

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“When the opportunity presented itself, I slipped under the door and ran. I noticed the attackers doing the same and thought they were pursuing me but they were instead fleeing to their car,” added Padayachee.

Communications officer of Phoenix SAPS, Cpt Louise Naidoo, said, “The suspects helped themselves to cigarettes to the value of R9, 000, a Nokia cellphone and cash. A case of business robbery has been opened and is currently under investigation. No arrests have yet been made.”

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