Gang arrested after Hilton home invasion

2013-08-29 00:00

THREE men alleged to be behind a spate of household robberies in Hilton, were arrested in the early hours of yesterday morning.

The men were arrested shortly after an alleged robbery of an elderly Hilton couple, Mike and Sheryl Yellowley, on Tuesday night.

Police believe that the arrested suspects may be linked to another Hilton house robbery that occurred on August 24 where another elderly couple was also assaulted and robbed.

The Yellowleys, who were still in shock, did not want to comment.

It is alleged that the couple’s ordeal began at about 11 pm when the suspects gained entry to their home, assaulted them, tied them up and covered them with a duvet before forcing them to lie on the floor.

The house was then ransacked and a flat-screen television, household goods, computer equipment, jewellery, clothing, cash, food and their blue Honda Jazz car, were taken.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said a joint operation with the Pietermaritzburg serious and violent crimes, flying squad and K9 units yielded results when they spotted a vehicle speeding on the N3 near Umlaas Road.

“They spotted a Gold Toyota RunX, fitting the description of the suspects that had committed a recent robbery in the Hilton area. Upon noticing the police, the vehicle sped off and a high-speed chase ensued,” said Jeevan.

She said two suspects alighted and fled on foot but police dogs apprehended them.

Police also recovered the couple’s stolen vehicle that was en route to Durban.

“A short while after circulating [details of] the vehicle, it was spotted on the M13 by the Durban Dog Unit. The third suspect was arrested after he crashed the vehicle after a high-speed chase,” said Jeevan.

Among the items recovered from the vehicle were things belonging to the Yellowleys.

Police have also established that the Toyota RunX used in the robbery was hijacked in the Newlands East area during July this year.

“The RunX had two number plates — an NP and NPN one with the same numbers. The trio allegedly swopped the plates between Durban and Pietermaritzburg,” said Jeevan.

The three suspects, aged between 22 and 26, will appear in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court shortly.

Provincial commissioner Lieutenant-General Mmamonnye Ngobeni commended members of the Pietermaritzburg serious and violent crimes unit, flying squad and K9 units for the speedy arrests and recoveries and for responding swiftly and decisively to criminal elements in the area.

“We wish to send a stern warning to criminals to beware that police have adopted a zero-tolerance approach to crime and any sort of criminal activities.”

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