Brazen gang smash home

2014-07-21 00:00

A ROBBER gang brazenly smashed their way into a Montrose home, ignoring warnings that police and security companies were en route.

Despite having been seen, being told police were on their way and a blaring house alarm sounding off, the robber gang broke down a glass door and grabbed a TV, laptop, cellphones and other items before fleeing.

Brothers Thomas (20) and James Martin (18) were at home in Montrose on Saturday night — Thomas’s last night before returning to Stellenbosch University — when James let the dog out at about 10 pm.

“I noticed the front gate was slightly opened. I called my brother to come and see because I thought he had left it open by mistake. As he came out, one suspect was standing in front of our garage.

“We shouted to him that we were calling the police and asked what he was doing in our yard. He approached us, saying ‘Calm down, calm down’. Then we ran into the house and locked the doors,” said James.

The brothers pressed a panic button and armed themselves with baseball bats.

It appeared that there were four suspects in the yard armed with a gun and knives.

“They used a verandah chair to smash the glass door. We were shouting at them that the police were on their way but they took no notice. They were not scared,” said James, adding that one spoke English well.

After the robbers made off with their loot, they encountered police and security companies who responded to the desperate cry for help from the two youngsters at the Montrose Drive house.

The robbers opened fire on police, who returned fire. It’s believed one of the robber was shot in the leg as he and his accomplices made a quick getaway. A resident some 300 metres away apparently found blood trailing down the verandah of his home.

ER24 was asked to attend the scene by SA CAN. Andrew Rogers of ER24 said they checked the youngsters over and found they were fine.

The police were unable to find the robbers, who sources speculated were well-acquainted with the area and their escape routes. The TV and laptops were recovered where the robbers dumped them when they encountered the police. The brothers’ mother, Debbie Martin, said she was on her way back from a wedding when she received a call from James.

“I was glad that they worked together during that panicked time and they were not injured. They were clever to lock the doors on their way upstairs,” she said.

James added that he could not sleep after the incident.

Captain Thulani Zwane said no arrests had been made.

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