Brazen burglary leaves Wartburg resident furious

2016-03-23 09:04

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Pietermaritzburg - It took burglars who targeted a Wartburg home less than 20 minutes to ransack the house and steal two cars.

After reading Tuesday's article in The Witness (“Gang besieges city suburb”), a Wartburg resident, who asked not to be named, said he saw a white BMW in his area last Thursday, similar to the one pictured in The Witness.

“Three very well-dressed men were driving around and they stopped outside a neighbour’s home. I do not think they realised someone was home and when they walked in, my neighbour immediately asked what they wanted. They used some story about looking for a bed and breakfast,” said the Wartburg resident.

He said he left his home shortly before 1 pm and when he returned home by 1.20 pm, his house had been ransacked and his two vehicles were stolen. “They broke the weld on the padlock and entered through my bedroom window. They completely ransacked the house,” he said.

According to the home owner, the burglars made off with R1 000 cash from his wife’s beauty business, more than R40 000 worth of beauty products, a television, jewellery, his Swiss pocket knife collection and, strangely, all the remotes for their electrical appliances. His Ford Transit Sport and Ford Supercab Ranger were also stolen.

“I was planning a fishing trip for the next day so one of my vehicles was already packed with my camping and fishing gear which is worth a lot of money,” he said, adding that his iPod and GPS were also in the vehicle that was stolen.

“I am so furious. Most of the things that were stolen are mine and it is just frustrating. My wife and I are still finding stuff missing as we go on,” he said.

He said their bedroom drawers were emptied on the bed and wrapped in their duvet to make it easier for the gang to carry through the window.

“I cannot believe they are so brazen. This was early in the afternoon and people were driving past, but unfortunately no one realised we were being burgled,” he said.

Now, the Wartburg resident has employed a 24-hour security guard at his home.

“When I look at the street, every person I see is a criminal to me now. I have become so paranoid. I saw those men in the area and I knew they were suspicious but I just left it,” he added.

Police spokesperson Captain Gay Ebrahim confirmed that a case of house breaking and stolen vehicles was registered at the Wartburg Police Station. She said the matter is still under investigation.

• kailene.pillay@witness.co.za

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