Gardener loses trimmer to robbers

2013-04-26 00:00

A HILTON gardener was robbed of his brush-cutter on Monday, and if the criminals had more space in their car, they would have made off with his lawnmower too.

The incident happened around midday on Monday when gardener Sifiso Ngcobo was about to cut the grass outside of his employer’s house.

Ngcobo said the street was quiet when he saw a white Mazda Sting without number plates drive past.

The car returned, and out of it jumped three men who pointed a gun at him.

“They put the brush-cutter into the boot and they tried to put the lawnmower in too, but it did not fit,” Ngcobo told The Witness yesterday.

After failing to load the lawnmower into the car, the three men fled. Ngcobo ran into the yard to tell the domestic worker what had happened and to call his employer, Taniel Burton.

Burton was picking up her daughter from school, which is next door to their home. When she got home two minutes after the call, she said, the house was crowded with armed response officers from PMB Security and police.

She praised them, saying that they were “on the ball”.

This was not the first incident involving crime at the house, said Burton.

“About a month ago we had a burglary. They took out the entire wooden frame of the window. They took iPads, three laptops, a big Canon camera and my purse,” she told The Witness.

On the Saturday before Monday’s incident, they heard the intercom go off in the middle of the night. “I think they were just checking to see if there was anyone home,” she said.

On the day of the brush-cutter theft, she said they had heard the intercom going off at 4 am.

“I was still half asleep when I heard it go off. About 20 minutes later, they came into the yard because the alarm tripped.”

Within two minutes security officers arrived, but their search of the premises turned up nothing.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said no arrests had yet been made. She appealed to anyone who might know about the stolen brush-cutter to call the Hilton detective division at 033 845 65 26.

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