Police and security firms target criminals

2018-01-31 06:02

SECURITY firms and police again worked together sending a message loud and clear to criminals — “stay out of Greytown”.

This was in response to an armed robbery by a gang of five at Molsave on Wednesday morning. Field Security personnel, on a routine patrol in Sargeaunt Street, were alerted to the fact that an armed robbery was in progress at Molsave. They made their way to the site while calling for back up. A shoot-out took place between security and the suspects, who then ran down a lane towards the cemetery. The area was cordoned off by police, Field, Mzigi and B-Secure members to allow W/O Mbambo and W/O Steyn to search the thick bush where the suspect was found lying on the ground. A pistol was found on the ground underneath him.

The other four gang members are said to have escaped in a silver/ grey Toyota Conquest, which was parked further along Sargeaunt Street. Bobby Moola of Molsave told the Greytown Gazette that early on Wednesday, two “customers” had entered the shop and asked for cigarettes.

Taking the items, one put his hand in his pocket but instead of bringing out money, produced a pistol with which he threatened the Molsave personnel.

A third gang member stood at the door and two more were just outside. Although none of the personnel were confrontational in anyway, the robbers assaulted Mr Moola with a firearm as well as manhandled other members of staff.A second pistol was recovered in the shop.

The area around the taxi rank and Sergeaunt Street is regarded as a crime hot spot, with numerous smash and grabs taking place.

The lane going from behind the taxi rank towards the cemetery is used as an escape route by criminals. It was barricaded off but is no longer and several appeals have been made to the municipality to once again block off this “illegal” pathway through thick long grass.

Criminals were out and about last Monday. Police were alerted to a housebreaking alongside the Pietermaritzburg Road and spotted two suspects running through an open field nearby.

Together with community members, the suspects’ movements were monitored.

The two suspects were arrested and all the stolen goods, clothing and foodstuff were recovered.

Also on Monday, a police patrol was stopped in Voortrekker Street by a distraught “gogo” who said she had been robbed of her money by a young man in Lindelani. Following up on her description of the thief, he was spotted, positively identified and arrested and the pensioner got her money back.

Yet another arrest was made on Tuesday by Field Security, who were informed by a member of the public of cabling being stripped on the railway line behind Lindelani.A suspect was arrested and handed over to the police.

The active co-operation of the police with security firms Field, Mzigi and Be-secure, as well as members of the community, is a positive step forward in the fight against crime.

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