Brazen gang rob Kloof couple at gunpoint

2015-02-28 00:00

POLICE and private investigators are monitoring the Kloof area after a brazen gang robbed a couple at gunpoint in their Forest Hills home in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Three men are believed to have forced open the driveway gate and entered the home through a kitchen door.

Police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said the couple was tied up and held at ­gunpoint by one of the men while the other two ransacked the house.

“It is alleged that a family was attacked and robbed by unknown suspects while they were sleeping in their house. The suspects made off with jewellery, cellphones, a vehicle and an undisclosed amount of cash,” he said.

Enforce Security, who responded to the scene at about 2.30 am, said one of the ­suspects then drove the husband to an ATM, forcing him to withdraw R5 000.

The husband’s gold Toyota Camry was also stolen, but was recovered shortly afterwards at the KwaDabeka Shell ­Garage.

A Careline Crisis Centre team attended the scene to ­assist the couple.

It is believed the gang is ­operating in the Upper Highway and Outer West areas.

Nico Potgieter, head of ­investigations at Enforce, said the gang used the same modus operandi as one which had been operating for the past two or three months in the Upper Highway, Outer West and Chatsworth areas.

Potgieter warned residents to be vigilant at all times and not go outside when they heard noises or their dogs were barking, especially at night and in the early hours of the ­morning.

“The robbers create noise outside or make the dogs bark and then as soon as the ­resident opens the door and goes outside to investigate they hold him up and rob the house,” he said.

In the event of being held up, Potgieter said people should remain calm and co-operate with the robbers. They should not startle them either.

“They often also tell people not to look at them, but try to get as much of a description of them as possible while still following their instructions. Take note of the clothes they are wearing or any physical markings such as scars or ­tattoos,” Potgieter said.

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