Small act of mercy by armed robbers

2014-02-11 00:00

HEAVILY armed men in balaclavas who held an elderly Richmond man at gunpoint for three hours yesterday, showed a softer side when they offered their shocked victim something to drink.

The man (75), whose wife asked that they not be named, was held while robbers ransacked their house and opened their safe.

According to the wife, her husband was returning home at about 9.30 am when “two men followed him in when he entered the house. They demanded that he open the safe in the house.”

She said when he told the robbers he did not have the keys to the safe, they took an angle grinder from the elderly couple’s garage and used it to open the safe.

When The Witness contacted the couple yesterday, the wife said her husband was resting after the shock and trauma he had endured.

She added that this was the fifth robbery in two weeks in the area.

Plessislaer cluster police spokesperson Captain Musa Ntombela said, “Heavily armed men in blue overalls and balaclavas ransacked the house after they demanded that the man show them a safe in the house.”

Ntombela added that when the robbers noticed that the elderly man was in shock during his ordeal, they offered him some juice to drink.

They took a bottle of juice out of the fridge and gave it to him. “The men used an angle grinder to access the safe and took firearms and jewellery before fleeing,” said Ntombela.

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