Reaction Unit SA crime report

2017-11-16 06:01

Biker forced off road: Verulam

A 26-year-old biker suffered serious injuries after he was pushed off the road by a white bakkie on Dore Street, Verulam.At approximately 5.15pm on Wednesday, November 1 members of Reaction Unit South Africa (Rusa) were called out to the scene to render medical assistance.

Upon arrival medics found a severely injured man lying alongside a damaged bike. The Grange resident informed officers that he was forced off the road by a speeding van. He then crashed his Big Boy 150 cc scooter into debris that was thrown in a bush alongside the road. The rider suffered extensive injuries to his legs.

M atriculant robbed at gun point: Verulam

A 17-year-old matric pupil was robbed at gunpoint and assaulted by four suspects outside Mountview Secondary School on Glenhaven Drive in Verulam last Thursday.

At approximately 12 noon a member of Rusa was flagged down by the victim who explained that shortly after completing his Afrikaans examination he walked out of school and was in the process of making a call regarding his transportation from school when he was accosted by four suspects.

One suspect informed the victim that he was armed with a firearm and told the victim to hand over his cellphone without drawing any attention from other pupils.

The Verulam resident assumed that the suspect was merely threatening him, but when he resisted the suspect drew the firearm from his bag and pointed it at him. His accomplices then began assaulting him before they stole his Samsung cellphone and fled through a pathway leading to Inanda Road. All four suspects were dressed in school uniform and are believed to be from a high school in the Verulam area.

Reaction officers conducted an extensive search for the suspects however no arrests were made.

T eenager robs pensioners: Verulam

An 18-year-old female was arrested after she robbed several pensioners at a store on Ireland Street in the Verulam CBD last Thursday. Members of Rusa were called to the store after management received a complaint from a pensioner claiming to have been short changed by the cashier. Upon arrival officers were informed that the pensioner had purchased items from the store and requested the balance of her pension, which amounted to approximately R1 180, be handed back to her in cash.

She later realised that she had been short changed by R100 and she decided to confront the cashier. Management of the store claimed that after auditing the sales at the suspect’s till they found that the cash balanced with the sales conducted for the day.

Reaction officers and the store management reviewed CCTV footage which showed that shortly after the transaction was conducted the suspect had hidden a R100 under her till. The footage also showed that the suspect had robbed 11 other pensioners on the day. Upon inspection of the till point R1100 in denominations of R100 notes was recovered. The Trenance Park resident admitted to the theft and confirmed that she regularly short changed pensioners who would come into the store to cash their monthly grant.

The suspect was handed over to police for further investigation.

H ouse break-in: Verulam

Members of Rusa were dispatched to Lotus Road in Temple Valley, Verulam after receiving reports of a house break-in last Friday.

Upon arrival it was established that forced entry was gained via the kitchen window. A 42” Aim TV, a Sinotec DVD player, Levis takkies, kitchen utensils and groceries were stolen from the home.

Reaction officers conducted an extensive search of a nearby bush and recovered the stolen takkies, cooking oil as well as the kitchen utensils which consisted of a metal grater and glass tumblers. A further search was conducted for the suspects however no arrests were made.

Two injured in hit and run: Verula m

Two people were injured following a hit and run accident in Canelands, Verulam on Saturday.

At approximately 4.20am members of Rusa were called out to the scene by the public requesting assistance for the injured men. Upon arrival paramedics treated both pedestrians for moderate injuries before transporting them to Osindisweni Hospital.

The vehicle that ran them over fled the scene without stopping.

Drunk driver arrested: Verulam

A 29-year-old man has been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol following a collision at the High and Todd Street intersection on Saturday. At approximately 8.45am members of Rusa were called out to the scene by passing motorists.

Upon arrival it was established that a Nissan NP 200 bakkie collided into a VW Polo at the intersection. The six occupants of the bakkie as well as the driver of the VW Polo were not injured. The driver of the bakkie informed reaction officers that he was returning home from a beach party and was under the influence of alcohol.

He was placed under arrested and handed over to police.

- Supplied.

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