Couple’s treasure looted

2015-02-27 00:00

AN elderly Merrivale man was relaxing in his veranda when brazen burglars broke into his home and took jewellery and home appliances worth R200 000.

Over the years Graeme Saville (69) had showered his wife Patricia (63), with diamond rings, gold earrings and bracelets but on Monday, all of it was gone when the couple’s prized possessions fell prey to four robbers.

Patricia was at work when she received a panicked phone call from her husband, informing her that their home had been broken into.

Recounting what happened, she said the men gained entry into their home at around 11.45 pm.

“They twisted the lever and took the electric gate off the rail, and then drove into the driveway.”

She said her husband heard their Jack Russells barking wildly and he went to investigate.

“He was relaxing on the veranda at the front and the kitchen door was locked. He went to find out why the dogs were barking and that’s when he was confronted by three men,” said ­Saville.

“The one man grabbed my husband in the arm and forced him into the lounge area and made him lie facing down. With his foot on Graeme’s back and a knife to his head, they told him ‘If you move, I am going to kill you,’ so my husband did exactly as he was told.

“One of the men pulled the safe out of my wardrobe in our bedroom while the others took our flat screen TVs, ­microwave and basically ransacked the house.”

Saville said her husband’s collection of Chivas Regal was also stolen.

“There were 12 bottles in the box, he’s been collecting them for years. He worked hard for those bottles and it’s not fair for someone to just come into our home and take our treasures.”

She said the robbers also took ­heirlooms passed on by their parents.

“Graeme’s grandfather was T.D. ­Saville, a South African cricketer. They took his cricket medals and his medals from the Bambatha War.

“They took his mother’s jewellery, diamond rings and an eternity ring with blue sapphire and diamonds, gold earrings and necklaces and all the ­jewellery my husband had given me over years.”

She said it would cost the couple about R200 000 to replace everything.

“This area is not safe anymore and something needs to be done about it,” said Saville.

“I am just glad my husband is still alive. That is all that matters to me.”

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