Stadium robbers still at large

2018-04-17 06:02

A case of armed robbery that occurred at Newlands Cricket Ground on Easter Friday is still being investigated.

Provincial police spokesperson, Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana, says there have been no arrests as yet.

The incident occurred on Friday 30 March, reportedly after midnight, when 19 armed men allegedly stormed the stadium.

The robbers allegedly smashed 25 suites, taking liquor, television sets and other items from the suites.

The incident happened in less than an hour and reports have it that the suspects used three vehicles to escape with the stolen items. Armed with firearms, the suspects jumped over the fence and allegedly forced the security officers to provide them with the keys to the iconic presidential suite.

David Brook of the Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA) says there have been no new developments following the incident­.

According to reports this is the third time the stadium has been targeted since 2015 and the WPCA is now planning to tighten its security system.

Reports have it that the incident left the WPCA disturbed.

“As an association we are disturbed by the robbery and will do our utmost, with the help of the South African Police Service, to get to the bottom of this and try and prevent a reoccurrence of this type of incident.

“We will seriously look within our budgetary constraints to improve our security situation at the stadium,” says Brook.

“Whilst it is truly appalling for this type of robbery to take place at our iconic cricket stadium where we have enjoyed some wonderful memories this past season, we are thankful that the security guard caught up in this crime was unharmed. He has been offered the necessary counselling in order to help him recover from this ordeal.”


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