Car alarm heads off carjacker

2015-10-13 06:00

An elderly woman was pushed to the ground by a would-be car thief in Wynberg.

Warrant Officer Silvino Davids, spokesperson of Wynberg police station, says the woman was in her driveway in Troop Road on Thursday 29 September at about 20:10, standing behind her car, when she felt someone push her from behind and she fell on the ground.

“She screamed and her son came out of their home. The suspect pointed a firearm at him and shot at him,” Davids says.

The suspect then got into the car and attempted to start the car, but the car alarm went off and he jumped out and fled the scene on foot.

Davids says the woman and her son were unharmed and police are investigating the incident.

. Meanwhile, a house break-in occurred in Herschel Road on Saturday evening last week.

A family left their home with all doors and windows locked and the alarm set.

“Later in the evening, one of the residents and her boyfriend returned home and discovered the house had been broken into, as various items were missing,” he says.

Davids says the suspect broke a window in the main bedroom to gain entry.

. In a separate incident a car’s battery was stolen from inside a locked garage in Kenilworth.

. Meanwhile, a man was robbed of his cellphone in Station Road on Friday 30 September at about 18:00.

Davids says the man was approached by another man who asked him for directions.

“After the suspect asked the victim for directions he asked for his cellphone and threatened him by telling him he had a knife on him, but he did not show it,” he says.

The victim handed over his cellphone. The robber took out the SIM card and gave it back to the victim before he fled the scene.

. In a separate incident a British American Tobacco driver was threatened and cigarettes stolen from his vehicle in Diep River.

The driver was delivering cigarettes to a small shop in Old Kendal Road on Wednesday afternoon last week.

Warrant officer Keith Chandler, spokesperson of Diep River police station, says the driver was approached by two men in the shop. They showed him a firearm tucked in one of the suspects’ belt.

“He accompanied them to his vehicle. One climbed in with him and the other climbed into a white Mazda Sting. They drove around the corner into Suring Street,” he says.

Chandler says they loaded boxes of cartons of cigarettes into the Mazda and then fled the scene.

The victim was unhurt and no shots were fired.

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Anyone with information on the cigarette robbery can call Warrant Officer Steven Young on 021 710 7347

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