Robbers terrorise suburb

2014-04-10 00:00

A HOUSEBREAKING and robbery gang led police on a wild chase on Tuesday night and in the early hours of yesterday morning through many Montrose streets and homes, jumping fences and running through yards as they made good their escape.

A Montrose man was shocked when he woke up to investigate a noise in his house, only to be confronted by a robber peeking through a broken bathroom window demanding that he open the door.

The victim, Sibonelo Gumede, was one of three people in the area terrorised by criminals on Tuesday night.

Police spokesperson Captain Laume van Jaarsveld said police in the Town Hill area are investigating cases of theft and house robberies in Montrose.

She said on Tuesday night several incidents of crime were reported.

Gumede told The Witness that he was asleep when he heard strange noises from outside.

“I went to inspect what was happening as it sounded like tree branches breaking. While walking out of my bedroom I saw a man standing outside a broken bathroom window, demanding that I open the door,” said Gumede.

He said he could not believe what was happening and went back to his bedroom to phone for help.

“As I was phoning the police, one man threw a brick through the window which hit my hand holding the cellphone, which fell to the floor. I switched off the lights after this. I could hear one of them saying I don’t have a firearm [and] they should come in. They said if I had one, I would have used it by then,” said Gumede.

The robbers then smashed open the glass door and entered the house. He noticed that they did not have firearms themselves.

“One had a red brick in his hand and he threw it at me. I took a bush knife that was in the house and wanted to run out of the house. I ended up wrestling with them. One was saying to the other that he should just draw a knife and stab me, but I managed to escape from them.”

Gumede, who had been injured and was bleeding, managed to get to the road where he was fortunate to find an ambulance passing by.

Later, a police van and a car from the K9 Unit arrived.

Meanwhile, in a nearby house in Link Road, another resident, Manny Moodley, said he had disturbed a group of men who were in his yard.

“They removed the gate from its track and took my bicycle from the yard. I disturbed them as I shouted at them and phoned the police, who did not pick up.”

Van Jaarsveld confirmed that they are investigating a theft case where a bicycle was stolen in Link Road.

She said a few minutes after that, at about 1.50 am, they received a complaint of house robbery in Old Howick Road, where four men smashed all the windows and the front and side door to get into a house. They stole a flatscreen TV and some cosmetics.

She said in Montgomery Drive, the suspects managed to steal a laptop through a window of yet another house.

Other suspects were seen running on Valley Vista Road and Lexden Drive.

“However, it seems that nothing was taken from those premises and no arrests were made as yet,” she said.

A source said there was only one police van operating in Town Hill on Tuesday night. Captain van Jaarsveld said she would have to investigate that allegation.

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