Man sees ‘5-minute gang’ rob his house

2008-05-28 00:00

THE notorious “five-minute gang”, which has been plaguing residents of up-market suburbs in Pietermaritzburg for weeks, is still in action.

The arrests of three alleged members of the gang on May 5 — after an alert Witness reader called the police — has not slowed the cunning burglars down.

Montrose resident Andrew Walker said his house was attacked at about 1 pm on Sunday.

He said the criminals, who drove into his yard after taking his gate off the rail, stole equipment worth R50 000.

“I was watching helplessly, away from my house, when these guys drove off. When police and my security company arrived, they had already gone,” said Walker.

He said about two weeks ago they attempted twice in one day to break into his house, but passing motorists disturbed them on both occasions.

Walker had left the house for 20 minutes for lunch. When he returned, he noticed that his gate had been removed from its rail. As he drove in, he found a strange vehicle parked in front of his front door.

Unarmed and scared to confront the criminals, Walker reversed to park a distance away, and called his security company, watching helplessly as the break-in gang left.

He later discovered that his music system, cameras and other valuable and expensive equipment was missing.

“The men had been monitoring my house. A couple of weeks ago, they removed my gate, [but] a motorist prevented them from getting in,” said Walker.

Police spokesman Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram confirmed the case.

bhans@witness.co.za

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