Robbers try their luck

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Klerksdorp Midweek, Hartbeesfontein - A robbery at a liquor store in town last week has urged SAPS to issue a warning to business owners to be more vigilant with the festive season approaching.

On Wednesday 23 October, three men pretending to be clients at a liquor store, fetched the owner of the liquor store from his home when they found the store still closed. The unsuspecting business owner accompanied them to the shop and unlocked it when they produced a firearm, threatened him with it and took cash. They fled the scene in a Toyota Etios as well as the victim’s Inyathi panelvan. 

Col Adéle Myburgh, police spokesperson, said a car chase ensued after the police were alerted about the incident. “The Toyota was found at about 08:35 parked next to the road and one suspect was arrested. Further investigations led the police to the cemetery in Hartbeesfontein where another suspect was arrested at approximately 09:35. The third suspect was arrested in the afternoon in Klerksdorp by the investigation team,’’ she said.

The victim’s panelvan was recovered the next day in Klerksdorp.

 Kedisaletse Melato (43), Mandal Miya (31) and Ratau Moreki (43) appeared in the Klerksdorp Magistrates’ Court on Friday 25 October on a charge of business robbery. They will remain in custody until their next court appearance in Hartbeesfontein Circuit Court on Tuesday 29 October. 
Last week, robberies at convenience stores in Madibogo and Mahikeng were also reported. In both cases the robbers were arrested.

Myburgh said business owners are requested to take precautionary measures and apply the following safety tips to prevent business robberies: 
- Maintain visibility throughout the store.
- Develop a cash control programme and avoid keeping large sums of cash in the store.
- Be discreet in cash counting and bank deposits.  
- Do not visit the bank on the same date at the same time. 
- Take precautions during opening and closing times. Have at least two employees to open and close the business. 
- Invest in a security alarm system with a mobile panic button and install a robbery alarm as this is a strong deterrent.
 - Do not release personal information to strangers.
 - Keep purses and personal valuables locked in desks or lockers.