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Two shot during armed robbery

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Suspects make off with an estimated R100 000

SCENE: The butchery where armed robbers made off with an estimated R100 000 in cash.

THREE men are still at large after an armed robbery at a butchery on a smallholding adjacent to Phuthanang left two people hospitalised with gunshot wounds while the suspects made off with an estimated R100 000.

Louwtjie Louw, who works at the butchery and resides next to the premises, said that he was finishing with work for the day on Thursday afternoon when five men arrived.

“It was about 5.15pm and I had just pulled my truck into the yard,” Louw said. “As I was rounding the corner to fetch my dog from the shop, I heard a shot.

“It was then that I saw one of the workers staggering out of the shop before collapsing under a tree outside.

“There was a fair amount of blood and I could see that he had been shot in the arm.

“The next thing I knew, the suspects came running out of the shop with a bag containing about R100 000 in cash. One of them had a shotgun while another was armed with a 9mm pistol.”

According to Louw, the police were contacted and arrived on the scene moments later.

“Fortunately, police were patrolling in the vicinity and were there within minutes. They shot at the suspects, wounding one of them, but three of the robbers were still able to escape.

“It all happened very quickly.”

The police yesterday called on members of the public to assist in tracking down the three remaining suspects, but have also warned residents not to approach them.

“At about 5.15pm on Thursday, police were summoned to a business robbery at a butchery near Phuthanang in Kimberley,” police spokesperson, Captain Sergio Kock, said.

“It is alleged that five Afrikaans and Setswana-speaking male suspects entered the butchery, where they shot and injured one of the employees.

“The suspects then fled with an undisclosed amount of money and ran into a nearby veld where one of the suspects was wounded during a shootout between the police and the robbers.

“Another suspect was also arrested by the police, who are still searching for the three other suspects. They are considered to be armed and dangerous.

“Anyone with information regarding the incident can contact Detective Captain Doggy Magugu on 074 580 7338. The investigation continues.”