Petrol stations have always been a convenient target for malicious individuals looking to rob local businesses; however the past week has been especially brutal for petrol station franchisees.
On October 28, a petrol station on the R555 fell victim to these parasitic criminals.
At approximately 21:00, the teller at the petrol station was approached by an unknown man who immediately pointed a firearm at him.
The unknown man told the teller that he mustn’t make a ruckus as he only wanted the money from the till, and had no further intentions.
The teller handed the suspect R600, after which the criminal immediately left. This is the second time that the same unknown man has robbed this particular petrol station.
On October 25, a petrol station in Clarinet was also hit by two armed men. At approximately 02:45, the two men (clad in balaclavas) approached the teller on duty.
One of the men pulled out a revolver and demanded that the teller hand over the contents of the safe to him.
The teller told the men that she did not have the key to access the safe, after which they took her and placed her inside of a storage room alongside two petrol attendants.
Petrol stations have undeservingly become choice-pickings for criminals.
The teller and the petrol attendants waited until they could hear that the suspects had exited the building before leaving the storage room. Upon leaving the storage room, they saw that the two robbers had attempted to force the safe upon – and presumably upon failing, decided to make off with armfuls of candy and cigarettes.
Petrol station franchisees are urged to exercise extra caution after the recent spate of robberies to ensure the safety of their clients and employees.