Years of memories lost in robbery

2012-12-05 00:00

AN elderly Hilton couple had their home ransacked in a robbery on Monday evening.

Denise Slatter (70) and her husband Donavan (75) were in an outside flat they used as a computer room when four unarmed men between the ages of 18 and 25 entered their premises at around 8 pm.

“We were reading some e-mails together in the flat. The house was locked, but the a larm wasn’t on,” said Denise.

She said four men suddenly came in, grabbed them by the neck and led them into the main house.

“They dragged me into the guest room and they put my husband on the floor. [They] started to hit and kick him demanding money,” she said.

He told them they would have to stop kicking him so he could give them the money, she said.

“Once he gave it to them, they started demanding diamonds and gold, and we don’t have diamonds and gold.

“They then came to me and asked where the money and the credit cards were.

“I went upstairs and gave it to them, and the little bit of extra that I had withdrawn because I was going to fill up my car with petrol. They then asked us if we had a safe, and if our cars had trackers.”

The robbers then tied the couple up, left them in one of the bedrooms and continued to ransack the house.

“We couldn’t move. After a while, I eventually managed to untie my hands. But, I didn’t know if they had left yet,” said Denise.

It was when she saw her cat walk down the stairs that she knew the robbers were gone.

“He’s very shy and doesn’t like people, so he wouldn’t have come out if they were still there,” she said.

The robbers got away with about R500 000 worth of goods.

But what upset the couple most was the loss of an external hard drive that had photographic memories dating over a generation. Two of their cars were also stolen.

“My husband is a very keen photographer, and he kept copies backed up on an external hard drive.

“That had 40 years’ worth of photographs on there. They were photos of our lives together.

“More than anything, we would like our photos back,” she said.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said anyone with information that could assist in tracking down the four men should call Captain Bashi Thaver at 083 650 4939 or the station at 033 845 7756.

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