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Security Guards Threatened, Tied Up By Masked Men

Two security guards were tied up after being threatened with knives and a crowbar by five masked men at a bus company early yesterday morning. The five men later disconnected
28 Feb 2017 11:00
Security Guards Threatened, Tied Up By Masked Men
Classic Buses manager Sheeraz Mohammed shows the spot where the thieves stole the CCTV decoder from. Photo: Charles Chambers

Two security guards were tied up after being threatened with knives and a crowbar by five masked men at a bus company early yesterday morning.

The five men later disconnected a CCTV recording device and took it after their efforts to cut through a metal grill door with a gas torch was thwarted by a security vehicle that had arrived to check the guards.

The incident has left the management of Classic Buses with more worries as this was the third break in within seven months and still none of the perpetrators have been caught.

The company’s manager Sheeraz Mohammed said the incident occurred between 2.30am to 3am.

“The intruders, all wearing balaclavas, entered the company’s premises at Lovu by cutting through the fence,” Mr Mohammed said.

The men then proceeded to the guard house at the main entrance and tied the guard up after threatening him and did the same to a guard near the garage.

The five men then pried open the door for the first office and found no cash, but disconnected the CCTV recorder and took it.

Mr Mohammed said they then wheeled a 50kg acetylene cylinder and was ready to use the torch to cut through the metal door’s lock when the security company’s vehicle arrived to check on the guards.

The alarm was raised, but Mr Mohammed said the forensic team did not arrive till 9am, six hours later.

Police tracker dogs were used and they followed the scent back to a nearby settlement, but could not find the intruders.

Mr Mohammed said they were worried that this was the third time and still no one has been caught since the first incident.

Mr Mohammed said the buses parked overnight had concealed the offices and had the security not arrived, the five men would have cut their way into the office.

Police spokesperson Inspector Jokatama Qio said investigations were being carried out.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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