Robbers steal cars, cash and goods from two Chase Valley homes

2013-03-19 00:00

ROBBERS stole R40 000 in cash, three cars and R150 000 worth of jewellery from two homes in Chase Valley in three days.

On Thursday morning, robbers locked a domestic worker in the bathroom of a property in Troon Terrace while they ransacked the house and took off with the owner’s car.

On Saturday, robbers locked a family of four and their two domestic workers in the bathroom while turning the house upside down. The owners’ cars were also stolen.

Constance Zondi, who works for the first family who was robbed, told The Witness yesterday that she was cleaning the house in the morning when she noticed a car parked outside.

“The bell wasn’t working, so I went outside. A man asked me to come closer, and told me he was from the Department of Housing and wanted to see the house,” Zondi said.

She told the man he would have to call the owner to obtain access.

The man returned later, informing Zondi that he had spoken to her employer.

“I then opened the gate, and he drove in. He came into the house and I showed him the lounge and the guest room.

“Another man came in and told me they were looking for drugs.

“I was shocked and told them that there were no drugs here.

“They wanted to see the owner’s bedroom, and I showed it to them.”

While there, they took her cellphone, overpowered her and threw her into the bathroom.

One man came back brandishing a large knife and asked her where the key to the safe was kept.

She said her employer had told her where it was kept in case criminals came into the home.

“I showed them … I showed them where the safe was also.”

Police said the men left with R10 000 in cash, four TV sets, a computer, and the owner’s VW minibus.

The owner, who asked to remain unnamed, said it was the third robbery in the area in which the same modus operandi was used.

“We don’t feel safe anymore. We have to hire our own private security at night,” he told The Witness.

He said he had seen police patrolling the streets in the area, but acknowledged that one way to fight the problem was by finding work for the unemployed.

“This is a social problem. People are out of work. If they go looking for work and find that all doors are closed, how will they feed their children?

“We need to get people employed. I’m sure they don’t steal because they want to steal. They steal because they can’t find work,” he said.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said one suspect had been arrested and the search for the other suspects was continuing.

In the robbery that took place on Saturday evening, a family of four, including their two domestic workers were held up and robbed in their home in Seymore Road in Chase Valley.

Jeevan said five armed men wearing balaclavas robbed the family of two luxury cars and valuables as the wife returned home.

The men ordered the couple and their son (5) and daughter (3), along with their domestic workers, into the bathroom.

“One of the suspects kept guard while the other suspects ransacked the house.

“[They] took jewellery valued at approximately R150 000, cash to the value of R30 000, two cellphones, cheque books and credit cards and fled the scene in both victims’ luxury motor vehicles.”

They fled in a black Vokswagen Golf R (registration NP 9827) and a silver BMW X5 (registration DNAX-ZN).

The family refused to comment on the incident when contacted by The Witness yesterday.

Jeevan appealed to anyone who has information to call the branch commander, Detective Warrant Officer Bhekani Vilakazi, of Town Hill detective services, at 033 845 7789 or 082 459 7491.

Anonymous callers can contact Crime Stop at 08600 10111.

• lunga.biyela @witness.co.za

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