Rolex gang strikes twice in one day

2011-05-30 07:24

The Rolex gang struck twice in Sandton, Johannesburg, over the weekend, The Star reported today.

The two incidents happened within the space of an hour, bringing to at least seven the number of Rolex gang-type robberies in Gauteng since December, the newspaper reported.

The first robbery took place at 4pm on Saturday when a couple was held at gunpoint in the driveway of their Atholl home.

The man was robbed of his R50 000 watch and an undisclosed amount of money.

“Three men, two of whom were armed, waited for the couple in the yard of a house in a security complex and sped off in a Nissan 1400 bakkie.”

In the second robbery, which took place at 5pm, a shopper was attacked by three men while leaving the Benmore Gardens shopping centre on the corner of Grayston Drive and Benmore Road.

“Only one of the robbers was armed. They grabbed his Rolex and fled in a grey car,” The Star reported.

Warrant Officer Moses Maphakela said cases of armed robbery had been opened.

He said police were trying to determine whether the robberies were the work of the Rolex gang, as the method was slightly different.

Victims were usually followed home from a shopping mall.

“We will investigate if it was the Rolex gang. It could be a copycat or splinter group or a totally different group,” Maphakela said.

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