The men that were captured on video robbing a business in Mountain View Pretoria have been identified by CCTV cameras on Thursday 12 December 2019 after the initial footage was not clear enough. 

Three videos were posted on Wednesday – two of the robbery inside the shop and one video from outside where the men can be seen getting out of a white Mercedes-Benz.

In the video, the CCTV cameras were not able to clearly show the perpetrator’s faces or capture the number plate on the Mercedes-Benz, but just one day later, the men’s faces, as well as the number plate, have been identified. 

Twitter users were initially up in arms, stating that businesses should invest in high-definition cameras so that if a break-in does occur, the suspects can be identified. 

And on Thursday, their wishes have come true. 

What can be seen in the videos 

In the first video, a man and woman are doing their shopping and there is one person that appears to be an employee behind the till on the left side. 

Suddenly, one man comes rushing in and jumps over the counter to get to the woman. She does what he says and shows him where everything is. A second man comes in holding what appears to be a second employee in front of him by means of a firearm. 

He then leads the second employee behind the counter where he makes him unpack the cupboards.

At this stage, you’re wondering where the third armed robber is. If you watch the video carefully, the first two men conduct most of the robbery. 

It is only when the second robber goes outside, that the third comes inside to take his place. He can be seen taking a basket from one of the trolleys to place stolen goods in to transport it to the car.

The second robber comes back inside and all three men can be seen on the video footage. 

In the third video, the two men can be seen getting out of a white Mercedes-Benz. The car then reverses out of the parking and out of view of the CCTV camera.  

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Reactions on Twitter 

“These CCTV cameras are useless. People gotta invest in high-delfinition camera or nothing at all. Now we can’t see anyone’s face.”

Twitter user

“I have been a victim of a few robberies and they were very violent and life-threatening. Without condoning this crime, I think these guys should be commended for being humane. I don’t think the victims in this store will suffer PTSD, which would have been a future catastrophe.”

Twitter user

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Presh JM Reporter

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