Suspects on the run

2015-05-05 06:00

Police are searching for five suspects after a cigarette van heist in Claremont Main Road on Wednesday 11 March.

Claremont police spokesperson Captain Angie Latchman says the driver of a British American Tobacco company vehicle was making a delivery when he was accosted by two unknown men.

“They got into his vehicle and ordered him to drive towards Carbrook Road,” she says.

Latchman confirms when the victim and the suspects arrived in Carbrook Road, the duo contacted their accomplices via cellphone and a few minutes later three men arrived in a white Isuzu bakkie.

“The suspects offloaded several boxes of cigarettes from the BAT vehicle and robbed the driver of cash before fleeing the scene,” she says.

Latchman says no shots were fired and no one was injured during the incident.

Wynberg police are also on the hunt for robbers who forced a truck driver to hand over R110 000 worth of cigarettes during a delivery in Ottery Road on Tuesday 17 March.

According to the police report the driver was forced to drive to Kent road where the robbers called their accomplice who parked a white Toyota Hilux next to the truck.

Latchman also reports on the robbery of a Claremont man an his son on Wednesday 11 March when they arrived home after a trip to a bank.

She says the 54-year-old man and his son just arrived at their home in Roosevelt Road from the bank at a nearby shopping centre when they were allegedly accosted by two unknown men. Latchman explains one of the suspects was armed with a gun.

“At gunpoint the victim and his father were held up and robbed of cash, a cellphone and keys before fleeing from the scene in a white VW Polo,” she says.

Latchman confirms the suspects fled in an unknown direction, adding that no one was injured during the robbery.

Police are also investigating an armed robbery which occurred on Main Road in Claremont on Sunday 8 March at about 21:30.

Latchman says the victim was inside her vehicle on Main Road when an unknown man allegedly approached her car and tried to remove her car keys from the ignition.

“In an effort to defend herself, the victim then attempted to push the suspect away. However, when she saw him produce a firearm she exited the vehicle and fled the scene,” she says.

Latchman adds that the suspect removed the victim’s bag from the car and fled the scene on foot.

“The victim was not injured during the incident and no injuries were sustained,” she says

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