Eastrand News Round Up
Eastrand News Round Up: The police are searching for six suspects who fled with an undisclosed amount of cash after bombing a safe at a service station in Birchleigh. The bombing took place at 3 am yesterday morning at the Engen garage on Pretoria Road opposite Birchleigh Railway Station. “The men tried to enter the shop but we lock the doors after 10pm for our workers’ safety. When they saw they couldn’t get in, they broke the glass with a hammer and entered forcefully,” explained the owner. “It was a very organised operation. As we could see on the footage, each suspect had their own mission. Each one was in a different position while one of them assembled the bomb. Another suspect was outside telling the petrol attendants to lie down. “The cashier and baker were inside the shop at the time and locked themselves in the storage room so they couldn’t be found.” Heavy explosives were used to blow open the safe’s door, as the door shot through the cashier counter and travelled about four meters over the floor. The explosion also destroyed most of the cash inside making it look like confetti. “This incident is going to cost us almost R300 000 but we’ll keep our heads high because we won’t give the devil the power. We’re still open for business and we’re still going on as usual,” said the owner.
In other news a 34-year-old woman, who was arrested for drug dealing, has appeared in Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court yesterday. The woman was arrested by members of the Trans-National Investigation Team of the South African Police Service at OR Tambo International Airport on Sunday after being found with cocaine wrapped around her body. “The arrest followed shortly after members of the team conducted a routine search and discovered cocaine wrapped around her body weighing 2.36 kilograms,” police said on Monday.