Robbers prey on walkers

2017-04-18 06:01

Rondebosch police need help to find robbers that terrorise pedestrians and rob them of their belongings while walking alone in quiet areas.

This follows a number of similar robberies in which three people have been robbed in different incidents since Monday.

The victims include a 20-year-old woman who was robbed and left traumatised after six unknown men gathered around and demanded her belongings, which she dropped down for them to pick up and they set her free.

According to the police report she was walking in Duke Road on her way to visit a friend when she was suddenly accosted by these men who then fled in the direction of the river trail.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Lyndon Sisam says this was the third robbery in just two days. Police are investigating the robberies and need members of the community to help find the robbers.

“Anyone who can help with information about the above incidents can call detective Warrant Officer Joey Van Heerden on 082 469 2492.”

In the first robbery last week, on Monday at 09:05, a man was on his way to UCT and walking up Princess Anne Avenue when he notices an unknown person walking towards him.

The robber apparently pulled out a knife from his pocket and threatened the walker. He attempted to run away but slipped and fell and the robber grabbed his laptop and ran away.

Sisam says on the same day at about 17:30 a woman was walking with her dog on the Liesbeeck River trail behind Albion Mills when she saw two unknown men sitting on the bench along the river.

As the woman walked past the two, they got up and threatened her with a knife and took her iPhone.

They ran towards the train station.

Last week, Rondebosch police issued a warning about two coloured men between the ages of 20 and 30 who seem to target pedestrians in certain areas, including the Lower Nursery subway in Rosebank.

The police say the robbers would spot their victim and escort him until it was a perfect time for them to strike.

They have not been arrested.

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