Notorious ‘balaclava’ gangsters unmasked?

2014-05-14 00:00

HILTON police are questioning three suspects who they think could be linked to the notorious “balaclava gang”.

This is good news for residents in Hilton, Athlone and Montrose, many of whom have not been sleeping easily following a crime spree by the gang in recent months, in which they targeted the elderly in many attacks.

Police said yesterday that three suspects have been taken in for questioning about the house robberies in the area.

The most recent incidents to which the gang may be linked include a house robbery in World’s View Road at 10.15 pm and a housebreaking in Summit Road at 11.30 pm on Sunday night.

Police took the three suspects in for questioning after they were found with suspected stolen items.

“These suspects are suspected to have been involved with the housebreaking cases in Summit and Quarry Roads as well as the house robbery in St Michael’s Road. The suspects are possibly linked via property taken at the various crime scenes. More arrests are imminent,” said Colonel Jay Naicker.

Hilton resident Samantha Jooste told The Witness that they were shocked to wake up on Monday to find that their gate sensor had been removed.

“We are now extra cautious as we were the victims of burglaries three times last year. Two weeks ago the ‘balaclava gang’ was in our garden. But we couldn’t see their faces as they had covered them with balaclavas.”

She said they pressed the panic button, triggering the alarm. “We called the police but they could not catch them,” said Jooste.

She said she opted to buy a rubber bullet gun to protect her family.

Jooste sounded enthusiastic about her gun.

“I hope I will never use it as I don’t want to injure anyone. But if they come onto my property I will be forced to protect my family,” said Jooste.

The gang wear balaclavas, and arm themselves with knives, bricks and sticks, or anything they find in the yard they target. They force their way into homes, tie up their victims and assault them, looting the house for whatever they can find.


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