Cops hunt ‘five-minute gang’

2008-05-19 00:00

A police task team is prioritising the activities of the “five-minute gang”, which has been described as “huge and powerful” by sources close to the investigations taking place in the Town Hill policing area.

A home in Muswell Hill was the third target of the gang on Sunday. Two other homes were hit at lunchtime on Sunday.

And it appears that the five-minute gang did not halt their activities completely during the two weeks that the Town Hill policing area was spared.

A reader called in yesterday to say that a home in Sedgely Place in the World’s View/Hilton area was hit last Saturday (May 10), and she believes it was the work of the gang. She said that four men wearing overalls and driving a white Mercedes were seen at the home before the gate was forcibly removed from its rails.

She said initially it was thought that they had come to repair the gate, but it was later discovered that they had fled when the alarm was triggered.

Police said no case was opened in connection with this incident.

Residents are now wondering if the arrests effected two weeks ago were merely those of the gang’s “foot soldiers”. The men have so far only been charged with the possession of unlicensed firearms.

Police said that detectives are still investigating any links they may have with any of the house robberies. The three suspects are still in custody and will appear in court for a bail application on June 4.

With police desperate to catch the perpetrators, and an allegedly well-armed gang on the loose, fears remain that a confrontation between the two could well erupt.

“The situation is still volatile,” said one source.

Police spokeswoman Inspector Joey Jeevan said that the task team are patrolling the area and doing intensive investigations.

stephs@witness.co.za

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