Armed robbers strike again

2015-05-05 06:00

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umerous incidents of armed robberies has caused concern in the Lansdowne police precinct.

The spate of robberies started on the morning of Monday 13 April in Belgravia Road, Rondebosch East, says spokesperson Sergeant Nkululeko Mnyaka.

“A man had just climbed off the bus when two unknown men threatened him with a firearm and took his bag with a Bible and a charger, then fled on foot,” Mnyaka says.

Another robbery took place on an open field behind Wetton train station on Wednesday 15 April at 06:20.

A man was walking on the open field and was approached by two unknown men who ordered him to hand over his cellphone. He refused, but the suspects searched him and took his cellphone before fleeing on foot.

A third incident occurred on Thursday 16 April at 14:30 in Swartdam Road, Crawford.

Two unknown men were driving on a Vuka scooter when they stopped and approached a man.

One jumped off and pointed a firearm at the man, ordering him not to move while the suspect searched him and took his cellphone.

The same day, at 14:45 in Pinehurst Road, Kenwyn, two women were walking to a shop when a maroon Toyota Corolla with three occupants pulled up in front of them.

“Two suspects got out of the vehicle, threatened them with a firearm and ordered them to hand over their cellphones. The suspects then drove off in an unknown direction,” Mnyaka says.

On the Sunday following this a man was walking in Lansdowne Road, Rompvlei when he was approached by three knife-wielding men. “The men told the complainant to hand over his cellphone and R100 cash,” Mnyaka says.

Several cases of robberies have been opened at Lansdowne police station. No arrests have been made yet.

Colonel Jan Alexander, Lansdowne police station commander, urges residents to remain vigilant and be careful when walking in the street, using public transport and waiting at bus stops and train stations.

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Anyone with information on these incidents or other crimes is urged to call the Lansdowne police on 021 700 9000 or 082 576 2804

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