05 November 2014
Two months ago, two Seven Seas Worldwide drivers, Arthur and Loocky arrived at an apartment complex in Rivonia, South Africa, to make a collection. At first, there was no access granted to the complex. No one was around and the gates were shut.
But then a man appeared from the apartment they were scheduled to visit and let them both in. He asked who they were and when they explained they were at the complex to collect some packed boxes, the man disappeared into the apartment. A few minutes later, he emerged with the boxes and the shipping documents.
Arthur asked who was going to sign the documents. The man said his wife would sign, though he mentioned she was unwell and they would need to come inside the apartment.
As they entered, they found the woman of the house tied up, on the floor and with a blanket over her head. Next to her was her partner, also tied up with a blanket over his head. The man then pulled a gun on the two drivers and made them kneel on the floor. In a matter of minutes, the man's accomplice had tied them up.
However, rather than continue their plan, the two robbers abandoned the robbery and stole what they could (including the GPS inside the Seven Seas Worldwide van).
The four victims were shaken up but unharmed and as they waited for the police to arrive, Arthur and Loocky assisted the owners of the apartment in freeing them from their cable ties.
The owners believed that had the drivers not arrived when they did, the robbery could have had a fatal ending.
The unfortunate beginning to this robbery is that the owners let the robbers into the complex believing them to be from Seven Seas Worldwide. Should you be in a similar position, please make absolutely sure it's the person you expect it to be. Before answering the door, view the situation from a window. Check for authentic uniforms, transport with the correct insignia, anything that might put your mind at rest.
It could make all the difference.
Wherever they operate in the world, all our drivers carry ID. Should there be any doubt, ask them to show it to you.