Worker locked up in robbery

2015-10-27 06:00

Kirstenhof police report that a domestic worker was locked up in a bedroom while suspects ransacked a house in Bergvliet.

The domestic worker was busy cleaning inside the house on Wednesday 14 October when she heard a noise from the kitchen.

Sergeant Deidre Solomon, spokesperson of Kirstenhof police, says she encountered two men who asked her about the owners of the house.

“The suspects forced the complainant into a bedroom and locked the door. They began to ransack the place, taking valuables to the value of R50 000,” she says.

The suspects fled the scene in an unknown direction with a TV, iPad, laptop and desktop computer.

“After twenty minutes the complainant screamed for help and was heard by the neighbours who contacted emergency services who then freed the complainant from the locked bedroom. The complainant sustained no injuries,” Solomon says.

She cautions employers to make sure that they inform their workers if they are expecting any deliveries or visitors, as well as who will be coming and the reason for the visit.

“Premises must be locked and secured at all times and the worker must be alert of the surrounding area. Ensure that the worker knows the physical address to inform emergency services and that all emergency numbers are available,” Solomon adds. V Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call the Kirstenhof detective branch on 021 702 8900.

Mall hijackingMeanwhile, three men were arrested after a delivery driver was hijacked and robbed at Blue Route Mall on Tuesday 13 October.

He was busy delivering goods at the drop-off zone behind the shopping centre when two men threatened him with a firearm.

“They then forced the complainant into his delivery van and drove off with him to a nearby residential area. Once there he was asked to open the boot of the vehicle. The suspects started to unload it into two vehicles that had already been parked there earlier the day,” Solomon says.

The suspects fled with the goods which were valued at R100 000. Items taken include perfumes, cellphones and laptops. No shots were fired and no-one was injured.

Afterwards police followed up on information and arrested three suspects linked to the hijacking.

“The officers followed up on the vehicles that were used to flee the scene and which were traced to a car hiring company. This information led them to a woman, a Khayelitsha resident, who had hired a vehicle in her name for three weeks and had returned it on the same day of the armed robbery,” Solomon says.

She informed the officers that the vehicle was hired in her name but for her boyfriend’s use. The police tracked him and his accomplice and arrested them.

Solomon says the suspects admitted to their part in the crime and all three were charged.

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