Rustenburg – At least nine business robberies in eleven days had been reported in various parts of Rustenburg during June, a shocking statistic that points towards a sharp and alarming increase in the levels of crime.
Below is a timeline and details of several business robberies:
Thursday 20 June - A diesel truck was stolen at Learn Fast School, which is located at Bergsig Academy.
Thursday 20 June - A burglary was reported on a construction site along the R24 road.
Monday 25 June - A break-in occurred at Pep stores, which is located next to the Department of Home Affairs offices. The suspects are believed to have gained access into the store through the roof.
Wednesday 27 June - An armed robbery occurred at KFC in Safari Tuine. According to reports, two employees were injured after shots were fired.
Thursday 28 June - There was an armed robbery at Zorba Liquor stores in the East End area. A cell phone belonging to a security guard was stolen.
Friday 29 June - A business robbery was reported at Stoltz Group in Beyers Naude. Batteries were stolen after the suspects gained access through the roof.
Saturday 30 June - An armed robbery at Princess Café, which is located at the corner of Beyers Naude Drive and Zendeling Street.
Tuesday 2 July – Four suspects were about to break into Pep stores in Midtown Mall when they were arrested by the Rustenburg police.
Wednesday 3 July – There was a business robbery at Inkpot, opposite the Rustenburg Local Municipality (RLM) offices, in Beyers Naude Street at around 05:00. According to reports, cartridges were among the stolen items.
Four of the robberies have been confirmed by the police. Police spokesperson captain Elsabé Augoustides told Platinum Weekly: “I can confirm that there were robberies at KFC, Zorba Liqour Stores and Princess Café. The police are investigating, and no arrests have been made yet.”
Anyone with information that could assist police investigations is requested to contact the Rustenburg Police Detectives unit at 014 590 4258.
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