Jeweller robbed again

2016-02-16 06:00

Sunday morning’s shopping trips in Cavendish Square were shattered when four armed men robbed a jewellery store in the centre.

Panicked shoppers were sent ducking for cover as shots rang out when the robbers fired random shots as they made their escape.

Police are investigating the incident that happened when the four robbers barged into Trigg Jewellers, the same jewellery shop that was robbed about five months ago.

Police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk explains that Sunday’s robbery took place at about 11:30. The robbers fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of jewellery.

“We are still searching for the men,” he says. “So far we know that the men barged into the shop and demanded that all customers lie on the floor. No-one has been arrested at this stage.”

He adds that the robbers escaped in a Nissan Micra with a Gauteng registration number that was partially identified as DL86** GP.

The car’s rear window was shattered.

Trigg Jewellers was also targeted in September last year when it was robbed by four men who had been driving a white VW Jetta.

Van Wyk has asked anyone with information to call Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

Police are also searching for robbers who attacked a Claremont couple in their home last week, the latest in a string of assaults in the area.

Brian Hodgson and his wife Carol, both in their seventies, as well as their domestic worker, were beaten during a burglary last Thursday.

At the time of going to press the couple was still in a critical condition in hospital.

Van Wyk confirms the attack that occurred in Washington Road at midday.

“Intruders managed to get inside the couple’s house and beat them and their domestic worker.

“It is believed that the suspects only stole a flat-screen television before fleeing,” he says.

“Initial investigations at the scene have established that the suspects gained entrance into the house by forcing open the sliding door to the lounge with an unknown object.”

Meanwhile, the Rondebosch Community Improvement District (RCID) is calling for extra safety awareness after a schoolboy was mugged in Tullyallen Road last week.

Shirley Aldum of the organisation says the pupil was standing on the corner of Oakhurst and Tullyallen roads waiting for a lift when two men in a red Golf jumped out and grabbed his cellphone.

“Within minutes footage was downloaded in the RCID hub and a car matching a neighbour’s description was found within the correct time frame.

“Details of the occupants and car registration number were given to the Rondebosch police and hopefully an arrest is imminent.”

Aldum adds that they were concerned about a new crowbar method of housebreak-ins and thefts taking place in the area. “We have, sadly, had a crowbar type incident in Bonair Road. When the resident arrived home around 21:00 she found that the front gates and front door of her home had been forced open. According to the police it appears the front gates were smashed aggressively by a car. There was no alarm activation. Fortunately, no-one was at home at the time of the incident. Police are reviewing the cameras at the RCID hub as well as any privately owned cameras in the vicinity.

“If anyone saw or heard anything that could help the police in their investigations, please contact the RCID office and the information will be forwarded to the investigating officer,” she says.

RCID is concerned about the increase in incidents in the area recently. Representatives will be meeting with ADT and Ronde­bosch police to discuss additional deployment of senior officers with immediate effect and also try to pinpoint approximate times of the incidents, so that additional resources can be deployed between those times.

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