House break-in suspects on the loose

2017-06-15 06:01

TONGAAT SAPS is appealing to residents who may have the information that will lead to the arrest of two suspects who attacked and robbed a woman in Tongaat on June 2.

According to police spokesperson in Tongaat Warrant Officer Manisha Maharaj-Marie the two armed suspects entered the victim’s house, hit her with an iron rod on her head and demanded cash.

“The victim was sitting in the lounge with her two-year-old granddaughter when the suspects attacked them. She told the police they broke the window and jumped into the house.

“One suspect was armed with iron rod and the other armed with a firearm. They held her up at gunpoint and forced her to go to the bedroom where they demanded cash and jewellery.

“One of the suspects hit her with the iron rod at the back of her head. They removed her earrings and thali chain. The suspects fled the scene on foot. Police are investigating a case of house robbery.”

In a separate case, a businessman is lucky to be alive after he came under attack at his shop in Emona area last Monday. Two armed men approached the victim at his shop and demanded that he open the gate at his shop.

“The victim refused to open the gate. One of the suspects fired one shot at the victim. He sustained a gunshot wound to his hand. During the altercation between the victim and the suspect, the other suspect broke the burglar gate and gained entry into the shop.”

Warrant Officer Maharaj-Marie said the suspects took an undisclosed amount of cash, airtime and cigarettes.

“The suspects fled in a black vehicle. A case of business robbery was opened at Tongaat Police station for investigation.

“We appeal to the members of the community who may have the information that will lead to the arrest of the suspects in both cases to come forward.”

Member of the Tongaat Community Policing Forum Anthony Gumede said: “We can only win the fight against crime if residents unite and work with the police. Business owners are becoming soft target of criminals.”

Tongaat SAPS can be contacted on 032 944 9932.




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