Five-minute gang ‘copycats’

2013-05-03 00:00

COPYCATS of the notorious five-minute gang, who recently conducted a reign of housebreaking terror in the Montrose area, are continuing where the arrested suspects left off.

The latest victim is a prominent member of the legal fraternity, whom friends asked not be named for fear of her safety. Her house was broken into on Wednesday afternoon while she was away.

People in the area, who were at home because it was a public holiday, reported seeing a white Audi with four occupants driving around.

Police spokesperson Joey Jeevan yesterday confirmed that the housebreaking was being investigated.

She said the incident occurred in the early evening between 6.45 pm and 7.30 pm, while the owner of the premises was away. Jeevan said that the unknown suspects forced open the front door and ransacked the house, stealing two television sets.

Jeevan also confirmed that the suspects may have been driving a white Audi.

She said the police also believed that there might be several gangs operating in the area, using the same modus operandi as the notorious “five-minute gang”.

“The recent cases are being investigated by the Serious and Violent Crimes Unit and the investigations are at a very sensitive stage,” Jeevan added.

She warned people not to be complacent following the recent arrests of men suspected of being part of a “five- minute gang”.

“There are other gangs with similar modus operandi still operating in Pietermaritzburg. They all drive different vehicles. While those arrested have been linked to some of the robberies, there are other robberies to which they are not linked,” said Jeevan.

She added that criminals change the areas they operate in and that there was the concern that with the added police presence in the Hillcrest/ Upper Highway area, the criminals robbing homes there could move to Pietermaritzburg.

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