- A brazen thief was in and out of a shop in two seconds, making off with what appeared to be toy or BB guns
- He walked into the store, threw a rock through the display case and made off with two of the weapons
- The customers were left completely stunned by the speed at which the crime took place
A video has surfaced on social media which shows an alleged thief casually walking into a store, throwing a rock through a display case and making off with some valuables.
It took about two seconds from beginning to end and some customers had no idea what had happened.
The store appeared to sell electronics, cellphones and what appear to be guns - whether they were real or BB guns was not certain. Shortly after the incident the shop was closed, presumably to assess the damage and what was stolen.
The alleged thief took two of the weapons before fleeing with people scattering out of his path.
Social media users were just as stunned as the people who witnessed the robbery:
"I watched this 7 times, I'm both in disbelief and belief."
"Lol, I can't be the only one who watched this more than 3 times and laughing while looking at that guy at the door and the ones who wanted to come in then turn back."
"Look at how everyone is so stunned, they can’t believe this is actually happening."
Earlier Briefly.co.za reported that Police Minister Bheki Cele released the latest crime statistics for the period in time when SA was under Covid-19 lockdown.
Speaking during a briefing on Friday, Cele revealed that nearly 300 000 people have been charged with violating the Disaster Management Act.
Fewer contact crimes were reported during this time with the alcohol ban highlighted as a contributing factor.
Cele addressed the sensitive issue which has been hotly contested, denying that crime had been a reason the prohibition was imposed:
"I must emphasise the point that the banning of alcohol has nothing to do with crime. It had all to do with the health system and Covid-19 and giving the space to the victims of Covid-19 but, by the way, the crime situation benefited out of that."
In other news, a cash-in-transit robber has been found guilty on 15 charges and sentenced to two life sentences, a total of 130 years.
Stanford Manoko Diagoane, 40, had the sentence handed down to him in the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Friday.
Briefly.co.za learned that the heist Diagoane was involved in took place almost four years ago. He was arrested on 7 July, 2018 by the Gauteng Serious Organised Crime Investigation unit, Crime Intelligence and the Limpopo Tracking Team.
He was in possession of two assault rifles at his house in Soshanguve. The weapons were linked to a robbery near Marikana village on Soutpan Road, according to Hawks spokesperson Captain Ndivhuwo Mulamu.
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