Armed robberies on the increase

2015-06-03 06:01

A SPATE of armed robberies occurred on 30 May.

In the first incident, a policeman was fatally shot while in the other cases, pedestrians were robbed at knife point.

In the first case, Amanzimtoti SAPS members responded to a complaint of attempted murder at Umfume.

“On their arrival, a women informed that them that she was busy in the kitchen “rondavel” when there was a knock on the door.

When she opened the door, three unknown black males entered. They asked for her husband, and then drew fire arms and told her to be quiet­,” Captain Charlene van der Spuy said.

According to Van Der Spuy, the women relayed how two of the men went to the rondawel where her husband was. She heard a gunshot and her husband screaming. The women’s husband, Captain Sithole of Umlazi SAPS, sustained a fatal gunshot wound to the chest.

The suspects fled in a blue vehicle, make and registration unknown. They got away with a flat screen TV, a laptop, a cell phone and keys to the car.

On the same day a pedestrian was robbed of R400 in cash and a men’s watch.

“The complainant was walking along the corner of Long Acres Drive and R197 Doon Heights when he was approached by four unknown black males. One pointed a firearm at him and one put a knife against his stomach,” van der Spuy said.

The suspects then reportedly demanded the complainant’s money­ and his watch.

They proceeded to search through his pockets and took the items mentioned. The suspects fled on foot.

At midnight on 30 May, a boy was stabbed and robbed in Legend Road, Illovo Township.

“The complainant was informed by friends that her son had been stabbed and robbed.

“She arrived at the scene where she found him with stab wound to the stomach,” Van der Spuy said.

According to Van der Spuy, she then took her son to hospital. The suspects are unknown and fled on foot.

The suspects took a cellphone, speakers and a handbag

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