Taxi robbers found

2015-06-02 06:00
In an effort to curb crime in taxis, which has recently affected Mowbray, the police arrested three suspects last weekend

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In an effort to curb crime in taxis, which has recently affected Mowbray, the police arrested three suspects last weekend . PHOTO: astrid februarie

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In an effort to curb crime in taxis, which has recently affected Mowbray, the police arrested three suspects last weekend.

Captain Angie Latchman, spokesperson of the Wynberg policing area, says two of the three victims in the recent crimes were university students.

One of the taxi-related robberies occurred when two Namibian nationals (one of whom is a student) boarded a taxi to Mowbray on Thursday 21 May at about 20:00. These two passengers were held up and robbed of two iPhones, cash, a watch and a jacket.

“Immediate follow-up investigation by two crime-prevention unit members led them to a petrol station in Woodstock where the taxi stopped. Via video footage the members were able to obtain a clear description of the taxi. However, the registration number was unclear,” she says.

Equipped with the description of the taxi, the officers continued to be on the lookout for the taxi by driving through known taxi routes.

“They eventually had a breakthrough on Friday 22 May, when they spotted the taxi and arrested two men, one of whom was wearing a watch which was allegedly stolen from one of the victims,” she says.

Latchman says the suspects, aged 30 and 31 years, made a court appearance at the Wynberg Magistrates’ Court on Monday last week on charges of robbery and possession of stolen property.

In a second case a university student was robbed at gunpoint in a taxi which he boarded in Klipfontein Road en-route to Athlone on Sunday 24 May at about 11:30.

“It is alleged that the victim was held up at gunpoint and robbed of his Samsung S4 phone. The victim was then dropped off near a bridge on the M5,” Latchman says. The police swooped on a home in Manenberg at about 17:00 on the same day and arrested one of the suspects.

The 21-year-old appeared in the Wynberg Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday last week on a charge of armed robbery.

“The determination and courage shown by these members is indicative of the police commitment to rid society of criminal elements,” Latchman says

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