Items worth R1m taken in latest heists despite arrests
More than a million rand in gold, jewellery, cash and electronic items have been stolen in separate burglaries at various Port Elizabeth pawn shops this month alone.
Security experts and police suspect that all the incidents are linked and were carried out by the infamous angle-grinder gang.
Despite police having arrested several members of the group over the past two months, the gang remains operational.
Yesterday, Richie Rich Gold Exchange in Govan Mbeki Avenue, North End, was burgled and their safe cut open with an angle-grinder.
Last week, Russell Road Second Hand Dealers in Central was broken into and the safe also opened with an angle-grinder.
A week earlier, Big Bucks in Harrower Road, North End, was hit.
Several Kentucky Fried Chicken outlets have also had their safes broken into.
The total amount stolen from the three pawn shops stands at least R1-million.
Atlas Security operations manager Monty Montgomery said in all three incidents the modus operandi was almost identical.
“They break into the shops at night or early hours of the morning. The group come through the roof and go straight into the office section of the building. From there they angle-grind the safes open,” he said.
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