- A group of men broke into a Tops store in the Free State and stole liquor exceeding R60 000
- The thugs were caught on camera by CCTV surveillance footage and seemed to know exactly which brands they wanted to target
- South Africans were appalled but also shared theories on the incident, some related to strict lockdown regulations prohibiting the sale of liquor
A group of criminals broke into a Tops liquor store in the Free State and nabbed alcohol amounting to more than R60 000.
The thugs could be seen raiding the store behind the counters and then down the aisles.
The incident was caught on camera by the CCTV surveillance and Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) shared the footage via Twitter on Tuesday.
TimesLIVE reported that the owner inspected the property on April 24 and the store was still locked on that day.
Upon his return the following Monday, he discovered that the glass door had been damaged, according to police spokesperson Brig Motantsi Makhele.
Tweeps were disgusted by what they saw but some interesting theories were shared.
Sipho Motau (@MotauSipho) shared an interesting perspective:
"People are thirsty, government must do something about the opening of the bottle stores otherwise a lot still coming."
Thamsanqa Van der merwe (@Thami_memo) shared an innovative suggestion:
"These bottle stores needs to hide their products with books. Yes books mfanaghithi, these people won’t break in. They hate books! Turn those liquor stores into libraries and leave the doors open. You’ll see magic."
Thabang Makhetha (@ThaCido88) asked a valid question:
"How is it the alarms are not triggered in all this stores? Inside job probably."
Meanwhile, in other crime news during this time of lockdown and extreme measures, Briefly.co.za previously reported that Police Minister Bheki Cele says that murder in the country has dropped by 72%.
This drop was chalked up to the ban on liquor, restricted movement and an increase in security.
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