Domestic in cash robbery

2011-03-01 00:00

A DOMESTIC worker is at large after police found her boyfriend in possession of more than R15 000 cash, which they allegedly conspired to steal from a house belonging to her Pietermaritzburg employer yesterday afternoon.

Police recovered the money from the man’s house in the Jika Joe informal settlement shortly after the robbery.

The 40-year-old wife of a construction company owner screamed for help when she was allegedly being held by the pair at her home in Mountain Rise Drive. The domestic worker ran away. Police said she was seen jumping the high fence with the help of the man.

“We will soon arrest her because we know who she is,” said police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan.

She said police found more than R10 000 at the crime scene. They believe the cash was dropped by the robber as he was escaping after the victim pressed the panic button connected to their alarm.

“In total they had robbed R25 590 from the house, but the man dropped R10 400 as they were escaping,” said Jeevan.

The traumatised victim and her husband went to the police station to collect the recovered cash, but they refused to speak to the media except to say “the police did a fantastic job”.

Jeevan said the 36-year-old suspect was confronted by the police as he was working as a gardener at a house behind the victims’ home.

“During our investigation we established that the maid’s boyfriend worked in a house nearby. We then went to the house and found him busy working. We took him to our office to interview him, which is where he confessed. He then led us to his house in Jika Joe where we found the money,” said Jeevan.

She said police are still searching for two cellphones and jewellery that were also taken from the house.

Meanwhile, Jeevan said, police also caught a 23-year-old man while he was busy stealing from a house in Gaysingh Road, Northdale, yesterday morning. She said the suspect was in possession R30 000 worth of stolen jewellery.

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