Brazen robbers assault home

2014-08-04 00:00

A GANG of brazen house robbers used a grappling hook to tear a gate off its hinges — the latest in a string of Westville home invasions.

Their daylight assault saw the three men forcing their way into a Sunnybrae Drive home on Saturday afternoon.

After ripping the reinforced gate from its posts, the three kicked in the front door of the George family.

The attack follows a spate of unchecked violent house robberies in the upmarket suburb in recent weeks, as residents continue to be held under siege.

Peter George, who managed to ward off the bold house robbers, said that he was counting the cost of the attack.

“We were very lucky that they were not armed or did not physically attack us like has happened in other cases.

“Now with them using a grappling hook to rip our gate apart, I need to replace it. I cannot believe how brazen they were,” he said.

George and his wife, Maggie, have been repeat victims of crime and have even fitted armour-plated glass in their windows.

“We have had guys break in through the windows before and after they cleaned us out the last time, we put in the glass. It seems like every time we are victims, we just up the level of our security — what are we going to have to do next?” he said.

George told how he had been caught unawares when he heard the crashing of his gate.

“I had just sat down to watch the Commonwealth Games and I heard this thundering crash outside. As I stood up and walked into my passage, this guy just kicked in the front door. I don’t think he expected to see me there and they all just bolted,” he added.

George said that the home invaders had been a trio of well-dressed men and had parked their car close to the house.

“I can only think that they were going to load up valuables and then make off with them.”

The raid follows a similar attack on Thursday night, when psychologist Michele Naude and her family were held at gunpoint at their home in Westville while robbers demanded money.

Naude yesterday said three men walked through the family’s front door after jumping over their fence.

Her nine-year-old son was held at gunpoint and was taken to a bedroom with their domestic worker.

Police captain Thulani Zwane confirmed that detectives were investigating the matter and said that no arrests were made.

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