Gun store rob­bers still at large

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Bank Lane in Port Al­fred, the main ar­te­rial road be­tween the CBD and Ne­mato, was closed off last Thurs­day by po­lice and se­cu­rity com­pa­nies as SAPS in­ves­ti­gated a rob­bery at the Gi­dana Arms and Sports store on the corner of Bank Lane and Pas­coe Cres­cent.

Ac­cord­ing to a po­lice re­port, the rob­bers walked away with a cam­ou­flage bag from the store con­tain­ing shot­guns, ri­fles and hand­guns.

Mu­nic­i­pal work­ers, along with oth­ers, stood wait­ing to hear what had been stolen but po­lice re­mained tight-lipped re­gard­ing the in­ci­dent. Shortly there­after, SAPS spokes­woman Cap­tain Mali Goven­der is­sued a state­ment.

“At about 11am [Oc­to­ber 18] one male sus­pect ap­proached a firearm dealer [Gi­dana Arms and Sports] store where the owner’s daugh­ter was alone. He posed as a customer want­ing to pur­chase an item of cloth­ing and left it on the counter. He then walked out­side and came back with an­other male who showed her a firearm and she was asked for the keys to the safe.

“They took the keys from the till and opened the safe. They then took a camo bag from the store and put sev­eral shot­guns, ri­fles and hand­guns in­side. They then left her in the strong room and closed it. They then left the store on foot. The vic­tim’s cell phone was taken. Dif­fer­ent types of am­mu­ni­tion were also taken,” she said.

One of the sus­pects was short and es­ti­mated to be in his 50s with a fair com­plex­ion, dressed in a white shirt, black tie and for­mal pants as well as a peak cap, and the other slen­der and tall with a dark com­plex­ion, wear­ing a black jersey, black track pants and was es­ti­mated to be in his late 20’s.

The firearm was car­ried by the neatly dressed sus­pect.

“Two other as­sis­tants, who were away from the store, con­tacted the owner and the po­lice. A case of ag­gra­vated rob­bery is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion. No shots were fired and no one was in­jured,” Goven­der said.

Goven­der was con­tacted for more in­for­ma­tion this week but was un­able to sup­ply any­thing as she said the case was be­ing han­dled by the di­rec­torate of pri­or­ity crime in­ves­ti­ga­tion, also known as the Hawks. At this time the DPIC were un­able to answer re­quests for more in­for­ma­tion.

Goven­der asked that, any­one with in­for­ma­tion on this crime con­tact Crime Stop on 086-001-0111 or else, for en­quiries, con­tact her on 082-779-7123. So far, no ar­rests have been made and no weapons have been re­cov­ered.

Pic­ture: JON HOUZET

SCENE OF THE CRIME: Po­lice and se­cu­rity per­son­nel comb the scene at the Gi­dana Arms and Sports store at the corner of Bank Lane and Pas­coe Cres­cent last Thurs­day for clues af­ter the store was robbed of weapons and am­mu­ni­tion

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