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MTN shops targeted in armed robberies

Cape Town - A gang of robbers is targeting Cape Town’s MTN stores, leading to fear among franchisees.

At least four MTN stores around the city have been robbed at gunpoint in recent weeks.

File photo: Tracey Adams. Credit: INLSA

On April 7, at Zevenwacht Mall in Kraaifontein, four suspects robbed the store of cellphones, tablets and laptops.

There were similar robberies at MTN stores in Steenberg and Observatory in recent weeks. The most recent robbery was at an MTN store in Somerset West on Monday.

A source working for MTN’s Western Cape outlet network confirmed there had been a number of other incidents.

The person, who agreed to talk on condition of anonymity, said store owners were fearful and paranoid.

The source did not have accurate statistics, but estimated there had been three robberies at MTN stores last year compared to around six robberies in and around Cape Town in the first three-and-a-half months of this year.

It was the stock of new cellphones and devices that attracted robbers, the source said.

Queries to the police, in which the Cape Argus asked whether MTN stores were being targeted, went unanswered. Police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Andre Traut referred queries to MTN.

MTN spokeswoman Bridget Bhengu had not responded at the time of going to print.

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