Brazen home invasion

2014-07-25 00:00

A NORTHDALE woman staged a daring escape from gun-toting criminals who broke into her home on Wednesday night.

Rose-Ann Bruce jumped out of her bedroom window, lifted her fence to get out of her yard, and jumped down a “big drop” to her neighbour’s yard to seek help.

This as her family were left behind, with criminals ransacking her house at around 10.30 pm on Wednesday night.

The criminals, who got away, stole a flat-screen TV, a computer keyboard, and a laptop. Fortunately, no one in the house was injured.

The robbers gained access to Bruce’s home by lifting the electric gate off its rail.

Speaking to The Witness yesterday, Bruce said she and her family were lucky to be alive. She was however still fearful following her night of terror; her doors were still locked.

Bruce said at about 10.30 pm she noticed that the family dog was very agitated. The dog was on a leash because her husband, a police officer and the only one who can handle the dog, was away on a fishing trip.

She said as she looked out, she saw shadows around her car and the construction area close to her home’s front door.

She pressed the panic button but, undeterred, the robbers broke in and started shooting at her. She said they fired at her several times.

She blocked her bedroom door with her dressing table and woke her 10-year-old son, who was sleeping in the room with her, and together they jumped out of the bedroom window and rushed for help.

Her mother and daughter were left behind in the house.

“I do not know how I did it, but I lifted the fence and jumped into my neighbour’s yard to ask for help,” she said.

She said the security company responded and they rushed to see if her mother and child were fine. “Fortunately, they had kept quiet during that time and nothing happened to them.”

She said she was unsettled by the attack and believed the criminals were willing to kill them just so they could steal their possessions. “They forced their way in with their tools … they are armed and they want to rob us of our belongings and our lives.”

Bruce said this was not the first time that a house had been attacked in the area and they were now concerned a syndicate might be operating there.

Colonel Jay Naicker said they were investigating a case of attempted murder and house robbery.

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