Week-long robbing spree broken

2015-06-16 06:00

A crime spree by two men driving a white Peugeot 207 and spanning a week came to an abrupt halt on Friday night with the aide of the police.

Members of the Western Cape flying unit arrested two suspects and recovered a stolen car in the vicinity of Sawkins Road in Mowbray at about 19:20.

The arrested suspects, aged 31 and 32 years, were being sought in connection with a string of crimes committed in the policing precincts of Claremont, Diep River and Wynberg.

The crime spree started on Monday last week. The suspects held up a woman in Firs Avenue in Claremont in the afternoon and robbed her of her handbag, containing personal items, and her car, the white Peugeot 207, before fleeing from the scene.

On Tuesday morning a man was walking along Door­drift Road in Constantia when two unknown males driving the white Peugeot 207 allegedly stopped alongside him and asked for directions.

He told them that he did not know the road in question and proceeded to walk on.

As he reached his destination, he noticed that the same car had just driven into the driveway. The passenger then got out and held him up at knife point.

The suspect robbed him of his laptop, cellphone and wallet before fleeing the scene.

On Wednesday morning the suspects were again spotted in Spaarman Avenue, where they held up a woman at knife point and robbed her of her handbag containing personal items and cash.

The arrested suspects, who hail from Westlake and Grassy Park, appeared in the Wynberg Magistrates’ Court yesterday on charges relating to carjacking and armed robbery.

The commander of the Wynberg police cluster, Brigadier Aaron Mlenga, applauds the police for their concerted efforts in arresting the wanted suspects. He also wants to assure the community that the police are committed in the fight against crime.

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