Top journalist, family attacked and robbed

2013-05-14 08:43
Gus Silber (Beeld)

Gus Silber (Beeld)

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Johannesburg - Writer and journalist Gus Silber and his family were attacked and robbed by an armed gang at their Northcliff home at the weekend, it was reported on Tuesday.

The robbers ambushed Silber, 56, at his home in Acacia Street on Saturday, Beeld reported.

"My eldest daughter [Sarah-Jane, 19] and I stopped in the driveway at about 18:30 and one of them walked up to us pointing a weapon," he was quoted as telling the newspaper.

"It's a very strange, surreal feeling when someone points a gun at you, but it was only when I saw the second guy, who had a sawn-off shotgun, that I realised we were dealing with a very intense situation."

The criminals then confronted Silber's wife, Amanda, 54, and their daughter Rachael, 13, in the house, and tied them up before ransacking the premises.

They tied up Silber with a scarf, ignored his pleas to not take his computer, which contained a lot of work-related files, and covered the family with a duvet before leaving in the family car with computers, iPads, cellphones and the safe.

"When they covered us with the duvet I thought it was the end and that they were going to shoot us, but they left without a word," Amanda Silber told Beeld.

Silber said on Twitter that his car was tracked to Alexandra, north of Johannesburg, and he managed to use an iPhone to track his stolen iPad, using an application called Find My iPhone.

According to TechCentral, the robbers later turned off Silber's stolen device, meaning the police who were tracking the signal lost the link, but they were still able to follow the robbers' progress to Alexandra.

 

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