- Footage of a group of thugs breaking into a state building and taking off with laptops have been shared with South Africans
- According to security personnel on duty at the time, the armed thugs stormed the building, tied them up and locked them in a room
- According to security, the thugs then used trolleys to transport 185 laptops to their getaway vehicle
Armed thugs recently got away with 185 laptops worth an estimated R4 million after storming the Limpopo Department of Rural Development. According to security guards who were on duty at the time, the criminals tied them up and locked them in a room in the building.
They then proceeded to the room where the laptops were kept and loaded them into trolleys before taking them to their getaway car and fleeing the scene of the crime. A spokesperson for the Limpopo police, Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo, said:
“The suspects allegedly tied them [the security guards] up and locked them in one of the rooms before proceeding to the offices of the director. Using trolleys, the suspects allegedly loaded 185 laptops valued at over R4m from the office and later fled using a dark Toyota bakkie. No shots were fired," said a statement in an IOL article.
According to reports, the laptops were for the use of employees who work from home because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Mojapelo has since called on anyone with information about the robbery to please report it to the nearest police station.
In other Briefly news, Monique Mortlock, a journalist for eNCA, and cameraman Asanda Javu were robbed at gunpoint in Khayelistha and when they reported the crime the local police were reluctant to help.
They were reporting on the lack of service delivery in the area and had just finished a live crossing to the studio when the thieves struck. Their camera equipment and cellphones were stolen by the thieves. They reported to a nearby police station, however, when they tried to open a case, Mortlock revealed that the police said that the crime did not take place in their jurisdiction.
"We were just robbed at gunpoint in Khayelitsha after doing a crossing. Now my colleague and I have to deal with an inept police officer telling us we can't open the case at this station (a 2 min drive from where it happened) because it's not in their jurisdiction. WTF."
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