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'Polite' robbers very apologetic

2012-05-17 10:47

Cape Town - Police are looking for a gang of house robbers who have been dubbed "The Polite Gang" for their courteous way of robbing victims.

The Cape Argus reported that the four house robbers are “well-spoken, nicely dressed and very polite”.

They have also been called the “Follow Home” robbers as they sometimes follow victims into their Southern Suburbs homes and hold them up.

A Rondebosch man told how he and his son were followed home by the robbers after withdrawing money from an ATM.

Andrew Henschilwood said the robbers snuck in behind them as they entered their garage and then proceeded to ransack the house.

“They were very apologetic and there was no force, other than pointing the firearm,” Henschilwood said.

“There was no shouting and no screaming and they spoke very calmly,” he said.  

A community policing spokesperson said the gang were professional and appeared to move from area to area, attracted to people who drove smart cars or appeared to have money.

Comments
  • Peter - 2012-05-17 10:52

    Well i guess if your going to rob me you might as well be nice to me, its traumatic enough when rob you let alone they threaten you and are violent. Still they are criminals and need to be brought to justice

      Squeegee - 2012-05-17 11:05

      I would like to see the police politely lock them up for good. Or not so politely -whatever it takes.

      Wimpie.Haefele - 2012-05-17 11:15

      Agree Peter, atleast they don't kill rape and assault. The things they steal are only material and can be replaced, but you can not replace a human life.

      Martin - 2012-05-17 11:25

      lol i was pulled over by our boys in blue today, and the question as to the need for the dane axe in my car arose, to which i replied its for camping and tsotsies, and was told "good, just keep it out of sight, not in the foot well" lol today i like cops, tomorrow maybe not.

      Matsobane - 2012-05-17 11:50

      haahahah, I agree Peter...

      Murph - 2012-05-17 15:24

      Its a sad indication of how desensitized we've become to crime. For crying out loud people!! They guy was pointing a gun. A gun!! the sole purpose of which is to hurt or kill or terrorize. being polite is not an issue. I couldn't care if they bought me flowers. What if they had shot the victims? Would a polite apology suffice?

  • Sharon - 2012-05-17 10:56

    Unbelievable!! You can be as polite as you want, mr robber. Problem is, a thug is a thug, no matter how well he dresses or how polite he is!

      Attie - 2012-05-17 11:13

      I would much rather be robbed by polite robbers, than waiting if they are going to rape my wife/child or shoot them infront of me.

      Sharon - 2012-05-17 11:22

      @ Sxorch - I would much rather not be robbed at all!!! It is so incredibly sad to see the mindset of the people who comment to this story.

      siyadyosiba - 2012-05-17 11:26

      @Sharon, true that. However the point here is, these thugs at least don't rape, murder or hurt the victims. I personally think that's a plus to the victim.

      koo.doyle - 2012-05-17 11:51

      Sharon, we would all rather not rather be robbed at all. But a lack of violence is definitely preferable. They are criminal, yes, but lack the level of violence needed to be thugs.

      Peter - 2012-05-17 12:01

      @Sharon along the same lines of what koo.doyle said. You cant stop the criminals, if they are going to rob you they are going to rob you but at least they are only taking materialistic objects and not the life of a loved one

      Kala - 2012-05-17 16:19

      I can't believe the comments here. I don't want to be robbed. Full stop. Who gives a hoot whether they are polite or not, or whether they murdered or raped whislt they robbed. Keep you dirty hands off my stuff!!!!

  • BoerIsh - 2012-05-17 11:05

    I prefer this, Yes a thug is a thug but at least they don't rape, assault or kill anyone in your family. They can take everything I don't care, but just leave me and my family in peace.

      Attie - 2012-05-17 11:14

      Agreed 100%, family first

      richard.hipkin - 2012-05-17 11:25

      Over time they will become increasingly violent. One thing just needs to go bad and it will fall apart and the next robbery will be more forceful and so on and so on..

      siyadyosiba - 2012-05-17 11:27

      agreed 101% since Sxorch has taken the 100:)

      Kala - 2012-05-17 16:23

      Oh yeah! My family are going to feel fantastically safe when a a-hole is walking around the house with a gun in his hand helping himself to all our stuff. Jeez people, do we feel safe just because he thanked you for letting him steal you stuff.

      Kala - 2012-05-17 16:25

      These are reports from people they haven't killed. How do you know that there aren't a couple of dead folk left behind by these polite theives.

  • Mya - 2012-05-17 11:09

    Why are there never any descriptions given? Surely this would help people in the area to be on the lookout??

      koo.doyle - 2012-05-17 11:51

      well-spoken, nicely dressed and polite

      Jason - 2012-05-17 13:50

      That sounds like me!! :(

      Kala - 2012-05-17 16:44

      Somebody arrest Jason!!!! Please...

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-05-17 11:24

    There have been robbers like this in KZN, they start off like this but become increasingly violent.. everytime.

  • siyadyosiba - 2012-05-17 11:30

    Its good that they don't rape, assault or kill the victims. Take the money and bounce all you want but leave me and my family alone. I hope they get apprehended and the police politely lock them in polite dark cells for years.

  • keith.ngobeni - 2012-05-17 11:47

    I was on my knees after reading this article sorry folks I know any sort of robbery is not funny but I couldn't help myself because the whole article does not sounds real, it sounds like those crime novels by British writer marthina Cole, it's only in our unique country where we can find this sorts of crimes welcome to south Africa ladies and gentlemen this is your captain speaking.

      Sharon - 2012-05-17 11:51

      @ Keith, yes the experience was so pleasant for the victims, the victims said they hoped the robbers would come again soon!! This time they'll even give them coffee and cookies!!!

      siyadyosiba - 2012-05-17 11:52

      It’s difficult to comprehend your point. Are you saying the article is actually implying that this sort of crime is acceptable in SA?

      keith.ngobeni - 2012-05-17 12:06

      @siya, any sort of crime is totally unacceptable at all like I said it's the way the article was written it sounds like a crime novel, pardon my sense of humour didn't mean any offence if you get what I'm saying.

      keith.ngobeni - 2012-05-17 12:13

      @Sharon lol I'm already in trouble with my comment don't make me to sin more please, coffee and cookies lol.

      gailcarolynhayes - 2012-05-17 17:42

      You know this may be South Africa and sound unreal. I think the point that Sharon and co are missing is that this type of crime is way better than those committed by drug and hate fuelled thugs who torture, maim and brutally kill even small children for no reason other than that they can. A friend of mine's DIL was woken up at 1 a.m. by a gang of 6, three of whom were lying on top of her trying to strangle her.She actually passed out and her 6 year old was lying next to her. He asked her no to scream as these guys were all amped up. She allowed them to tie her up and gave them all the co-operation and actually appealed to them not to take her PC because her wedding and baby pics were on it. They were there for 4 hours and not one of them attempted to rape or cut her or her toddler or son. They took the vehicle which they had packed various items into and fled of their own accord. Nothing except her jewellery was taken and the vehicle and all other items were recovered unharmed. Surely this is good news when one remembers the families and farmers and elderly where senseless violence and terror has been used leaving dead and dying. Do they kill and maim in other locations where they use the same tactics first? Perhaps, especially if they are caught and imprisoned with hardened criminals who indoctrinate them with hatred. A gun implies they are willing to use it but that they don't is good. If apprehended they should be kept seperate from hardcore guys and given employment.

  • Frans - 2012-05-17 11:49

    Reminds me of our government!! They rob you with a smile and they make it look so simple.

  • sabongam - 2012-05-17 11:53

    Geez,it seems everything in the Western Cape leads by example and is a shining light to other provinces even their robbers are courteous...I think I should become a "refugee" and head South to the glorious Cape.

      siyadyosiba - 2012-05-17 11:57

      evolutionary safer crime tactics authored by Western Cape Criminals Board. Sounds pretty much like a book. HAHAHAHAHA

      Dee - 2012-05-17 13:54

      lol!!!!!!

  • Pieter Mulder - 2012-05-17 11:58

    That was SA robbers. These aliens from all over Africa doesn't care about life.

  • Brad.Kopping - 2012-05-17 12:01

    I know this is kinda messed up, but i wish all criminals were like this :P

      marumobongani - 2012-05-17 12:06

      hahahahahahahaha less trauma

  • marumobongani - 2012-05-17 12:02

    so what we call this educated robbers

  • Matsobane - 2012-05-17 12:04

    Ohk, fine, robbery and all that is but a crime and wrong in our society. but give the guys a credit. Material things will come and they will go. but the experiences we go through remain. The last thing you need is living in fear, and if I were to choose to loose earthly possesions trembling with fear and worried about my life as opposed to the kind and gentle requests, I'd take the gentle request anytime. We human beings tend to overlook the bigger pictures of human struggles and simply put emphisis on the tips of the ice burg. major global calamities we turn a blind eye to in the comfort of our homes. yet manage to point fingers at the world just outside our door steps. Lets agreee to work together first, lets agree to just agree 1st. then we might just begin to see the damage we have been causing to this planet we call home. *Just my thoughts*

  • Sifiso Mngadi - 2012-05-17 12:09

    well no crime mst be condoned altho having not to shock the victims is polite...fits the description

  • daryn.j.wood - 2012-05-17 12:12

    With such good "service", I'd be tempted to tip them.

  • tobydt - 2012-05-17 12:13

    “There was no shouting and no screaming and they spoke very calmly” I guess that makes it allright then.

  • Murph - 2012-05-17 12:15

    Its a sad indication of how desensitized we've become to crime. For crying out loud people!! They guy was pointing a gun. A gun!! the sole purpose of which is to hurt or kill or terrorize. being polite is not an issue. I couldn't care if they bought me flowers. What if they had shot the victims? Would a polite apology suffice?

  • Ryno - 2012-05-17 12:18

    hulle doen mos maar dinge "anders" in die kaap

  • Israel - 2012-05-17 12:42

    I disagree with this statement, by pointing a fiream it is an agressive conduct because a shot can go off if you resist............ELEMENTS OF A CRIME OF ROBBERY ARE ALL COVERED. They should be dealt with accordingly.

  • sampson.mamphweli - 2012-05-17 13:26

    They must be nicely locked away before someone politely loses his/her life after they politely and softly pull the trigger.

  • Jamie - 2012-05-17 13:38

    My Parents where one of the Victims to these "Polite' robbers" . The day after my parents were robbed my farther sent a email out to all his friends explaining the whole story of what happened,he called it "A life threatening experience from Hell?" (I would post the email but there is not enough space in this comment bar). The email outlined how the robbers put my parents on the bed, used aggression when necessary, how planned and organized the guys were (two upstairs with my parents, two guys downstairs taking the TVs, and a Kettle??? and one person at the gate with a more powerful gun.... I think a shotgun...), and how when my farther got caught looking out the window to see if they had gone the one guy ran up the stairs stormed the room and told him if he looks again he will be shot. all the Victims were followed from Milner Road which is on the outskirts of the Rondebosch area. I truly believe that this article is a false representation of the so called polite robbers. these guys would most defiantly use force if they need to.... they told my parents countless times that they would shoot them if they looked at them. There is nothing polite about 5 guys running into you house, sticking guns at your head and taking all you stuff. I believe they used a calm approach just keep the Victim from making any Rash decisions. there have been more than 6 of these robberies in the southern suburbs area. You be a victim of this "Gang" and tell me how polite they real are.

      Ayanda - 2012-05-17 13:54

      Father

      Sharon - 2012-05-17 14:12

      @ Jamie, I fully agree with you, under that polite veneer lurks a killer who will just as politely shoot a victim in the face as graciously thank him for his co-operation. A thug is a thug - the gun is not just hand jewelery, he actually has it for a reason.

      vlarismam - 2012-05-17 14:39

      Similar case in Randburg about 2 years ago. Good looking, nicely dressed. Followed the bookkeeper from the bank where she withdrew cash for wages. got in through the gate before it closed at the home-based business and politely robbed her and the business. The owner got cocky and ended up getting smacked around then locked in a storeroom. The robbers then calmly left with the lady's car and their loot.

      gailcarolynhayes - 2012-05-17 18:15

      Rhe point is your parents and the others robbed remained calm in the face of their fear and are still alive. Robber or victim this is unacceptabley stressful and nobody is suggesting it isn't wrong and against the law. If and when they change their MO and physically torture, rape etc without any provocation or because the victims lost their cool. It is what my parents and subsequently a course in self defense taught me regardless of the risky situation remain calm and rational. Material goods are not worth dying for. Of course in some scenarios those choices are not available and difficult ugly things result. The perpetrators who may have once been polite will pay in due course even if they never ever commit a capital offense. Their MO is bound to make them make mistakes and leave evidence behind which may one day may help convict them of a real killing.

      Lotus - 2012-05-18 07:19

      That's weird,we also got robbed a few months ago in pretoria and they also stole the tv and a kettle from the kitchen. They left a whole lot more stuff behind,maybe there's a big demand for tv's and kettles in the stolen goods market,

  • Tman Matenchi - 2012-05-18 06:51

    Criminals roam the streets while saps management point fingers. By the time management run out of coffee in their offices they will be facing the tabloids about these robberies and it will be late as everyone will be robbed. Useless scumbags.

  • albert.m.moraka - 2012-05-18 09:12

    police must arrest them before late!

  • Matthew - 2012-05-18 10:23

    Finally some decency if you're gonna rob the guy,then you're gonna rob the guy But at the least be cool/polite about it. its sad that it happens,but better that way than it ended with a rape or murder =/

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