Thieves tunnelled through a concrete floor to rob a Shoprite Liquor shop in Newtown Junction, Johannesburg.Booze Heist: Joburg Thieves Dig Tunnel To Steal R300 000 Worth Of Booze
The manager of the Shoprite Liquorshop in Newtown Junction discovered the theft – and a large hole in the ground – when she entered the store on Friday, May 29. She was returning to prepare for the store’s reopening under the easing level 3 lockdown conditions on June 1.Booze Heist: Joburg Thieves Dig Tunnel To Steal R300 000 Worth Of Booze.
With alcohol in high demand during the lockdown period, the store was secured from the outside throughout. But the suspects avoided the mall’s main entrance and instead used electrical and stormwater tunnels beneath the shopping centre to gain access to an area beneath the store.
They then tunnelled through the concrete floor directly into the liquor shop to gain access undetected.
It is unclear how the thieves knew where to tunnel, nor how long it took them to get through the thick concrete floor, but they returned a few times to steal a large amount of stock.