Merrivale home robbed by men posing as Eskom staff

2014-04-24 00:00

TWO robbers are on the run after they held up a domestic worker in Merrivale yesterday, after telling her they were from Eskom and wanted to read the electricity meter.

Littlefield property on Birnamwood Road was packed with police vans, emergency services and security vehicles yesterday after the robbery.

The domestic worker, who cannot be named, said when she opened the gate for a red Alfa Romeo car with the two Eskom “workers” in it, she had not expected to be assaulted with the back of a firearm when they suddenly demanded she tell them where the safe was.

“They first asked where the owners of the house were and I informed them that the [wife] could be back at any time but her husband comes home late. I said I was phoning them but they said I must not worry as they would check the meter box. They asked if I could lend them a pen. I walked into the house and came back with it, and as I was giving them the pen one pushed me inside and the other produced a firearm,” she said.

“This man assaulted me with the back of the firearm. I screamed and they said I must not scream. I followed their orders and pleaded for them not to harm me.

“They demanded I show them the owners’ bedroom and then tied me up with a belt. They ordered me not to look at them. One put a hat over my face to cover it. They asked where the safe was and I told them I did not know.”

Once they found the safe, they removed it and took it with them, leaving her in the bedroom.

“I managed to untie myself and pressed the panic button and hid in the bathroom until security and the police arrived,” she said.

When they were confronted by security guards, the two suspects fled on foot towards Cedara.

Howick Police spokesperson Captain Lolly Moodley said the robbers left behind the safe and the car, which had been stolen at Port Shepstone.

The owner of the house, Di Taylor, said this was the first time they had been robbed.

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