A pepper spray alarm thwarted a group of robbers who broke into a Botha’s Hill shop in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
It was the third time robbers activated the alarm and were forced to retreat.
Morne Bothma, owner of H20, a store that sells water purifiers, said robbers cut through the store’s front glass on Tuesday.
Video footage shows the men crawling along the shop’s floor for several minutes before setting off the Compusafe pepper alarm.
“This is the third time the alarm has saved us. Every time they get in and trip the alarm, the pepper spray sends them running,” Bothma said.
Footage shows the men scattering as a cloud of noxious gas fills the room. They manage to steal a cash drawer during their hasty retreat.
“Our computers were saved because they are the usual target.”
He said police were investigating.