Robbed in three minutes

2014-12-11 00:00

THE last thing a Merrivale domestic worker expected while she was washing dishes yesterday was for three armed men to barge into the house and hold a gun to her head.

A teary and traumatised Angelina Dlamini said she was busy in the kitchen yesterday when she heard the front door of the Buys’s home being broken down. She hurried to lock the interior door but the three robbers broke through.

One of the men held a gun to her head and forced her into the bathroom, demanding money. Dlamini was so shaken with fear that she could barely speak.

“They said they would come back,” she said.

The three men entered through the front gate, taking it off the rails and sliding it open, reportedly driving a silver Subaru with a Gauteng registration.

They broke through the security gates and doors using crowbars and screwdrivers.

Rudy Buys and his wife, Sharon, were left inspecting the damage to their home. According to them, this was the fourth time their house has been broken into, with the most recent break-in only five weeks ago.

“I couldn’t believe it happened again,” Buys said.

The men got away with jewellery, TVs and other electronic goods. The entire robbery happened in just three minutes.

A police source, who asked not to be named, said robbery syndicates are becoming rife in the Howick area.

“They are professionals who come well equipped with the tools needed to get past any form of security,” the source said.

“This robbery could be linked to other incidents in Howick as there have been other break-ins involving three armed men, but with different vehicles.”

Dlamini, who is a relatively new employee, said she did not have the contact number for her employers and had to walk all the way to their business premises to alert them to the robbery.

The Buys’s neighbour’s home was also broken into yesterday. It is unclear whether it was the same gang of robbers.

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