The armed gang of three, pretending to be customers, entered the shop minutes before closing time, and when employees closed the door they pulled out guns and forced staff to empty the cash register.
Markhams store manager Anela Maxhama, 25, said yesterday the robbers took R1700 from the cash register, 47 cellphones and a large quantity of clothing. Staff were “not finished checking how much clothing is missing”.
Two customers were in the shop when the robbers entered.
“They bought a cap for R170 and at that time it was 6pm, so I told one of my team members to lock the doors.”
Maxhama said it was at that point that the robbers drew their guns. She, the two staff members and the two customers were forced into the storeroom at gun point. “They lined us up and told us that no one was going to get hurt; we just needed to follow instructions.”