Robbery victims wounded, woman spots one of her attackers

2016-07-25 12:31
SA police. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

SA police. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Pietermaritzburg - A Chase Valley couple were among the victims of three separate robberies in Pietermaritzburg over the weekend.

Two of the incidents were business robberies in which two men were wounded.

While police said the Chase Valley couple did sustain some injuries the extent of these could not be ascertained.

A suspect was arrested the following day by members of Town Hill police station after the woman allegedly spotted one of the assailants while driving in town with her husband.

The Witness visited the couple’s house to speak to them on Sunday but they were not home.

Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Sergeant Mthokozisi Ngobese said four men entered the couple’s home in the early hours of Saturday by smashing a window, and made off with a number of items from the house.

A police source said that the couple did suffer injuries in the incident, although it was unconfirmed whether the intruders were armed.

“The total value of the stolen items came to R14 000,” said the source.

Ngobese said the couple opened a case at Town Hill police station on Saturday morning. “Later that afternoon, the couple was driving through town when the wife spotted one of the men who had broken into her home.

“She immediately called Town Hill police who rushed into town and arrested the man at the Matsheni Beer Hall.”

Ngobese said police were still searching for the other robbers.

In the first of two business robberies on Saturday morning, Chandi Supermarket in Balhambra Road was hit by five men, one of whom had a gun.

Haseen Abdul and his two brothers, Sufion and Aris, were in the store at 7 am when the robbery occurred.

Mountain Rise police spokesperson Captain Gay Ebrahim said the robbers demanded cash before shooting Sufion once in the stomach and hitting Aris over the head with the firearm.

They escaped with R10 000 in cash, R600 worth of airtime and R600 worth of cigarettes.

She said the brothers were rushed to Northdale Hospital were they are recovering.

Ebrahim said the second robbery occurred at 4 pm at the China Mall’s Royalty Store in Manchester Road.

She said five men, one armed, entered the store demanding cash, cellphones and cigarettes.

She said the men fled with an undisclosed amount of cash and other items after they destroyed the CCTV’s hard drive and the CCTV itself. No shots were fired and no one was hurt.

Ebrahim said it could not be confirmed at this stage if the two business robberies were linked.

• chelsea.pieterse@witness.co.za

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