Police spokesperson Augustinah Selepe said a case of business burglary had been opened following criminals gaining access to stores in the Pretoria CBD using underground tunnels. The latest victim of this type of crime is MHC World. Store owner Shahin Carrim said the store, which sells perfumes, appliances, cameras, laptops and furniture.

Carrim said the gang disabled the cameras and stole men’s perfumes. He estimated the losses at R1m. Jordan Griffiths, acting chief of staff in DA Tshwane mayor Randall William’s office, said the city was aware of the incident. The incident is said to have occurred on September 18.

Times Live said Carrim and Griffiths surmised that the burglars may have used explosives to blow through the cement drains, police say otherwise. “The suspects entered through the stormwater pipes and then they dug in and they managed to get access to the shop. No explosives were used,” said Selepe.

Investigations are oongoing.

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