Cops bust snoozing robbers

2009-04-09 00:00

DEFEATED by drowsiness, four suspects were bust by police in the Mpophomeni area in the early hours of yesterday morning, sleeping in the car they had stolen in Hilton the day before.

It was the end of the road for a gang of robbers believed to have been involved in numerous robberies in Hilton.

Hilton resident Claire Jonck (29) was robbed at gunpoint at her house on Wednesday during her lunch hour. Police spokeswoman Inspector Joey Jeevan said Jonck, with her two-year-old son, arrived at home in Panorama road at 1.30 pm.

“They were returning from the city in her silver Hyundai Getz when she noticed that her house had been ransacked.

“Moments later three men approached her from a bedroom in the house. One of them produced a handgun and demanded the car keys. Jonck obliged …”

The robbers forced Jonck and her son into the bathroom, where they tied her hands and feet with electrical cable and locked them in.

Jeevan said the suspects continued to search the house and took some electronic appliances and loaded them into Jonck’s Getz and drove off.

“They took two digital cameras, a Panasonic DVD player, computer speakers, a hiking bag and a pair of boots.” Jonck managed to set herself free and called the police.

About 13 hours later, the four young robbers were sleeping inside a car that was parked on the side of the road in Mpophomeni.

“At about 2.30am (yesterday) members of the Mpophomeni SAPS were doing their routine patrol duties when they noticed a vehicle parked on the side of the road with four men sleeping inside.

Upon circulating [the vehicle’s particulars], it was established that it was stolen from the Hilton area on Wednesday,” said Jeevan.

The suspects awoke to the sight of police armed with handcuffs, ready to fit.

In their investigations members of the Hilton detective service traced Jonck’s stolen goods to the suspects’ homes in the Mpophomeni area.

“We believe that the suspects may have been involved in several other robberies that have occurred in the Hilton area,” said Jeevan. She said the suspects are aged between 17 and 24 years.

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