Police still chasing Durbanville post office robbers

Durbanville post office was closed following a robbery, last Wednesday, but it reopened on Thursday.

Police are still searching for the five armed men who robbed the Durbanville post office while holding staff at gunpoint.

The robbers walked into the Oxford Street post office at noon on Wednesday February 9 and demanded money.

“The suspects took R50 000 from the tills and fled the scene by running out the front door of the post office,” said Durbanville police spokesman Captain Marchell Rhode.

The men sped off in a white Toyota.

“No shots were fired and no arrests were made at this stage,” said Captain Rhode.

It’s the second time the post office has been robbed, according to SA Post Office spokesman Johan Kruger.

None of the staff had been injured, but they had received trauma counselling, he said.

“The branch was closed for the rest of the day to allow the forensic team from SAPS to complete their investigation.”

When Northern News visited the post office earlier this week it was closed, but by Thursday it had reopened.

There were plans to improve security at the branch, Mr Kruger said.

Less than a week later, on Tuesday February 15, robbers hit the Brackenfell post office, although Metro police later arrested two suspects and seized more than R42 000 in cash after stopping a suspicious vehicle on the R300 close to the Van Riebeek offramp, at 10pm.

The two men could not explain how they had come to be in possession of such a large sum of money, according to Metro police spokeswoman Superintendent Ruth Solomon.

Brackenfell police did not immediately respond to questions about whether there was a possible link between the two robberies, and Captain Rhode said he was unsure about the likelihood of that.

• Police arrested a man in connection with a fatal stabbing in Fisantekraal last Monday. One man had stabbed the other, who had later died in hospital, after they had gotten into a fight while drinking in Berry Street, said Captain Rhode.