Business man followed from bank and robbed of R11 000

He said one of his suppliers had witnessed the incident and was now afraid to come to the business

“I am still shaking. I’m just glad nobody got hurt.”

These were the words of a Pomona business man who was followed from a bank last week Tuesday at 10.45am and robbed at gunpoint of R11 000 cash and jewellery worth about R7 000.

The victim, who at this stage does not want to be named for safety reasons, had just withdrawn money from a bank at Woodbridge Square in Glen Marais and was headed back to his business in Pomona.

“Two men in a brand new blue Volvo V40, I think, followed me to the office. I drove in and they stopped at the gate. After parking, I went to the gate and asked them what they wanted as I thought they were customers. “They said they wanted to see me. I opened the gate and that was when I saw firearms on their laps,” he explained.

The victim said he screamed to his employee to hide the money but it was too late, as one of the suspects ran into the office to take the money. The other suspect threw him to the ground and pointed a firearm at him, stripping him of his jewellery.

He has since opened a case of business robbery at Kempton Park Police Station.

The station’s spokesman, Capt Jethro Mtshali, confirmed the incident and said police were investigating.

Mtshali said it was difficult to speculate whether it was an inside job or not.

“It’s too early to say whether it has anything to do with the bank. What I can advise is that people should rather use transfers as opposed to carrying large amounts of money,” he said.

The victim said the incident had greatly affected the running of the business.

“We needed the cash to assist customers with change and so on but now it’s very difficult because we don’t want to handle cash from customers but have to operate using transfers,” he further added.

He said one of his suppliers had witnessed the incident and was now afraid to come to the business.

“Other customers are also afraid to come wandering around. We don’t wish this upon anyone.”

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