Upper Highway home invasions spike

2016-04-26 06:00

UPPER Highway residents are urged to be more vigilant following the spike in home invasions in the area. According to Blue Security operations manager Brian Jackson, in the latest incident, residents in Chrestholme had alerted the company to an armed robbery in Bridle Road at around 6am last Sunday.
“Neighbours heard screams for help coming from the property and called us to investigate. We found the resident in an upstairs bathroom where a gang of armed robbers had locked him in,” he said. Jackson said the resident had awoken to find three armed men next to the bed.
“The men threatened him, demanding valuables and then tied him up and locked him in the bathroom, before ransacking the house,” he said. “They fled in the resident’s vehicle with televisions, computers, cellphones, an iPad, bank cards and cash,” he said.
In another home invasion in Summerveld a man was injured when a gang of armed robbers attacked him on his Hawkestone Road property at around 10pm on Wednesday. Jackson said the robbers kicked in a glass front door to gain entry into the house.
“The gang then proceeded to the bedroom and held up the resident at gunpoint, demanding to know where the safe was located. One of the robbers then struck the resident hard on the head,” he said. “The gang then locked the victim in the bathroom while they ransacked the property searching for valuables.” Jackson said the gang managed to flee the scene with cash and the resident’s vehicle.

“A neighbour took the injured man to hospital for treatment,” he said.

In another incident in Crestholme at around 2am on Thursday housebreakers had broken into a garden cottage on a property in Rainbow Drive. “The housebreakers dug a hole under the electric fence to gain entry and then smashed a window of the cottage. They fled with a cellphone, a DVD player, jewellery, a watch and a wallet. The resident, who was asleep in the cottage was not harmed during the incident,” he said.
Hillcrest SAPS communications officer Constable N. Manqele confirmed incidents and said that police are investigating. He said that members of the community should always lock their gates and keep alarms activated at night. He urged those with information regarding the cases to contact SAPS. - Supplied.

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