Thieves target Hayfields

2014-09-30 00:00

A HOUSEBREAKING gang struck at three Hayfields homes over the weekend, taking jewellery valued at R450 000 and various electrical appliances.

One family were away from their home for just 20 minutes on Saturday night when the break-in happened.

Members of the family left the home at various times after 7 pm, with the last leaving at 7.40 pm. Their son returned at 8 pm to find that the electric gate at their Military Road home had been derailed.

Businessman Roger Soobermoney told The Witness that he has been living in the area for the past 20 years. “It’s the first time we experienced break-ins in the area in 20 years.

“A flashy car was parked in my driveway and my gate was derailed. They were interrupted by Kreslyn [his son], who came home first. But they had already taken my safety box with R450 000 worth of jewellery and R35 000 in cash,” he said.

“The robbers were in a white Audi A4 sedan with false number plates. They parked on the driveway facing out. While the driver and one passenger were in the car, two other men were in the house. The jewellery is more than 50 years old as it is inherited and included my wife’s personal jewellery,” said Soobermoney.

He added that he is improving security systems at his house as his family does not feel safe after the incident.

His wife, Julie, said: “It’s not a good feeling that someone just invaded your privacy.”

On Sunday, Sher Khan was housesitting at his brother-in-law’s Burns Road home when robbers jumped into the yard and stole a TV, PlayStation, bicycles and DVD player from the entertainment area. The owner of the house, Goolam Amod, said they need more police patrolling in the area to prevent these crimes.

“Alexandra police station is too far away and we need to have our own police station.

“If they can patrol regularly in the area, it would be better,” said Amod.

He added that the robbers took more than R75 000 worth of goods from his house.

The third break-in happened at a Medwood Road home, from where household items and jewellery were stolen on Saturday.

Residents said they suspect the same gang was involved in all three incidents.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said officers are investigating the incidents and no arrests have been made.

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