Business robberies escalate

SHONGOANE — A case of business robbery was opened at Villa Nora SAPS on Saturday 2 March.

According to Warrant Officer Frans Mokoena, Lephalale Cluster spokesperson, a 26-year-old Somalian citizen, Timothy Abara from Shongoane 1 (Steve Biko), reported a robbery around 03:55 on Monday after unknown suspects allegedly broke the wall at Tshelang Tuckshop to gain entrance. Avara was sleeping in a room connected to the tuck shop when he heard the commotion.

After gaining entrance, they allegedly assaulted Abara by kicking him with their boots and beating him. They then took R7 000 cash, airtime and cigarettes.

In another case of business robbery five suspects fled on foot after a break-in at Mokolo Clay Bricks on Monday 4 March around 01:30.

According to Warrant Officer Frans Mokoena, Lephalale SAPS spokesperson, Elphas Moraba (55), a security officer at Mokolo Bricks, saw five suspects approaching him, one of them was carrying a firearm.

The suspects tied Moraba with the laces of his boots after which they broke into the offices on the premises. According to WO Mokoena, Moraba was also assaulted by the suspects and they told him they were looking for computers.

At the time of going to print, only two computer screens were missing.

The suspects fled the scene on foot.

According to WO Mokoena, the suspects are unknown and the investigations continue.

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