NMB service stations urged to up security after five stations robbed in two days

Three men, two with firearms, stormed the Engen KwaMagxaki Service Station on Friday morning (11/08/2017)
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Five service stations in Nelson Mandela Bay have been robbed since Wednesday.

The latest robbery took place at the Sasol garage in Nzunga Street, Motherwell, at around 20:30 last night.

According to police, three suspects entered the garage shop while one suspect remained outside. They took an undisclosed amount of cash, cigarettes and three cellphones from the shop assistants, before fleeing the scene on foot.

This happened just two hours after armed suspects also robbed a Fidelity guard at the Caltex garage in Struandale.

The guard was working on a drop safe in the garage, and on returning to his vehicle outside, was robbed by three armed suspects.

An undisclosed amount of money as well as empty cash canisters were taken after which the robbers fled on foot.

In both incidents no shots were fired and no one was injured.

At 7am on Friday morning gunmen stormed the Engen KwaMagxaki service station at the corner of Mdoda and Rola streets.

Police spokesman Captain Andre Beetge said three men, two armed with pistols, had entered demanding money.

“When they arrived, one of the suspects ushered the petrol attendants to one side while the other two went into the shop.

“The two inside held the cashiers at gunpoint and demanded money as well as keys to the drop safe.

“When the suspects realised that the staff did not have the keys to the safe, they rummaged through the tills and stole the petty cash before running off.”

A white Nissan bakkie was parked outside. “The suspects fled in the bakkie in which they arrived.”

Drop safe keys at almost all service stations are not kept on site but are held by the cash-in-transit provider.

In a similar robbery on Thursday morning, a group of gunmen – believed to number between eight and 10 – robbed the Fernglen Service Station in Stella Londt Drive.

And on Wednesday afternoon a gang of eight men used explosives to blow open a drop safe at the Caltex service station in Perseverance.

Four pump attendants and two cashiers were forced to lie on the ground while the robbers emptied the tills.

“Detectives are liaising with one another to determine if there are any links and if the same suspects are involved,” Beetge said.

The Motherwell Cluster Commander, Major General Dawie Rabie expressed his concerns over the recent spate of garage robberies and urged all garages in and around Nelson Mandela Bay to up their security and be on alert.

 

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