Robberies on the increase

2010-12-08 00:00

AN 88-year-old man was mugged in the Port Shepstone CBD on Monday morning after he tried to pay his water bill at the municipal offices in Connor Street.

Clarence Bell, whose house is also in the CBD, had walked to the municipal offices carrying R1 600 to pay his water bill so that the supply at his home could be switched back on.

After being told by municipal officials that he would have to visit the Ugu municipal offices in Oslo beach, Bell left and began to make his way back home.

An unidentified man attacked Bell, pulling him to the ground and ripping the R1 600 from his back pocket.

“When he got back home he was just shaking,” said Bell’s wife, Rita.

“His elbows and knees were badly scraped; the worst thing is that the money is gone and we still do not have any water at home.”

Bell said that he did not see the man’s face and that he knows only that his attacker was wearing a green shirt.

He opted not to open a case, something tht Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid of the SA Police Force in Port Shepstone has urged him to reconsider.

“In these situations it is always best for the victim to open a case,” she said.

“If somebody else has seen the attack then we might be able to make an arrest at a later stage, but until a case is opened we can do nothing.”

Wiid added that there has been a significant increase in robberies all over the South Coast and she attributes this to the arrival of the festive season.

“Robbers are aware that people will be carrying money on them during this time, doing Christmas shopping or enjoying their holidays,” she said.

“People need to be alert and refrain from talking on their cellphones while walking, as this distracts them.”

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