Reaction Unit SA crime report

2017-01-19 06:01

Truck crashes into home: Verulam

A 60-YEAR-OLD man was injured after the truck and trailer he was driving crashed through a boundary wall on Inanda Road in Verulam on Tuesday 10 January.

At approximately 4pm members of Reaction Unit South Africa (Rusa) were dispatched to the accident after receiving numerous calls from the public requesting assistance at the scene. Upon arrival it was established that the driver of the UD truck and tanker was travelling down Inanda Road in the direction of Verulam when he lost control of the vehicle, veered into the oncoming lane and crashed through a boundary wall.

Several woman and children who were in the home at the time were not injured. The driver of the truck suffered moderate injuries and was treated on scene before being transported to hospital.

A section of Inanda Road was closed off to motorists for a salvage operation.

Scammers rob shoplifters: Verulam

Two shoplifters were robbed of their valuables by scammers outside a supermarket in the Verulam CBD on Tuesday 10 January.

Members of Reaction Unit South Africa were informed that the women were met by two female con artists as they were about to enter the store.

The con artists informed them that they were employed at the supermarket as cashiers. They told the women they should load their trolleys with groceries to the value of R1000. When they were done they were told to go to the tills where the two were stationed.

The scammers would then only scan items to the value of R500 and in return the women were to pay them R250.

The women were asked to hand over their handbags containing their cellphones and other valuables to the con artists due to it attracting unnecessary attention to them while shopping. Once they had loaded their trolleys the women searched for the “cashiers”, however, they could not be located.

The women realised that they had been conned and the suspects had disappeared with their handbags.

Restored electricity causes house fire: Verulam

At approximately 9.30am on Wednesday morning members of Reaction Unit South Africa were dispatched to a house on fire in Rosemary Drive, Brindhaven.

Upon arrival a private security company was on scene. It was established that the fire was contained to the kitchen and was extinguished by members of the public.

It is alleged that the area had no electricity in the morning and when the power was restored a pot on the stove caught alight. The fire then spread to an extractor fan before it was extinguished by a neighbour who noticed smoke emanating from the upper level of the house.

No one was injured in the fire.

Prostitutes rob disabled man: Verulam

While on patrol in the Verulam CBD on Monday 16 January a member of Reaction Unit South Africa was stopped by a disabled man requesting assistance after he had been robbed by two prostitutes.

The victim said he had been approached by the women who claimed he owed them money for utilising their services. When the man denied knowing them, both women robbed him of his disability grant and fled in an unknown direction.

The 38-year-old Mountview resident stated that it was the second time in one week that he had been robbed by the same women. He felt the women saw his disabled foot and being blind in one eye as a weakness and therefore targeted him for the second time.

Rusa officers patrolled the Verulam CBD in search of the prostitutes, however, they could not be located. - Supplied.

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