Two filling stations robbed in Welkom


Two filling stations in Welkom in the Free State were robbed of cash on Saturday, 26 March by three male suspects who held staff members at gunpoint.

According to Captain Stephen Thakeng, at around 21:15 a shift manager was serving customers at a filling station in Dagbreek, when three suspects approached her and asked her to open the kiosk. They held her at gunpoint, and demanded cash and cartons of cigarettes. Both cash registers were taken.

“One of the suspects, who was armed with a firearm and pepper spray, was wearing a red Kappa tracksuit top with a pair of light grey trousers. The second suspect was wearing grey pants, a black jacket and a black cap, while the third suspect was wearing black pants, a green jacket, and a red cap,” said Thakeng.

“The second incident took place at around 20:20 at a filling station in Koppie Alleen Road, where a shift manager was in the kiosk when three male suspects entered the business premises. The one with a firearm demanded the two cash registers,” Thakeng explained.

He added that, according to the complainant, the suspects in this incident fit the description of those in the first incident. Cases of business robbery were registered for further investigation.

Detective Sergeant Sechaba Machalotsa of the Provincial Organised Crimes Unit can be contacted on 073 729 1732 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

Compiled by Justine Fortuin