Police hunt for trio of robbers

2015-10-08 06:00

SOUTHPORT police are investigating two dockets of robbery after people were robbed in two separate incidents recently.

A holidaymaker was walking along Pumula beach on Saturday with his family when three young men approached and threatened them with knives.

They took their cellphones, jewellery and camera.

In another incident the next day at about 1.30pm, a 33-year-old woman and her son were accompanied by a photographer as they were doing a photo-shoot near Melville on the beach.

Three young men who threatened them with knives and took their cellphones and camera.

“In both incidents the perpetrators were described as young and one was wearing jeans and a grey T-shirt. No one was injured in both incidents,” said police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid.

The SAPS are concerned about the incidents and will immediately put plans of action in place to arrest the criminals.

“In the meantime ,we appeal to the public to be very vigilant and not to walk in places where they are easy targets,” said Wiid.

Major-General Thembi Ndlovu, the cluster commander of Ugu cluster, has raised her concern about the safety of vulnerable people such as senior citizens, holidaymakers the public and has tasked police officers to hunt these criminals.

“With the festive season approaching, many people will be in a relaxed, holiday spirit and that is exactly what criminals are waiting for,” said Wiid.

A 19-year old student from Pretoria was robbed of her cell phone and student card on Tuesday at Shelley beach.

Port Shepstone SAPS is investigating. The teenager said she was sitting on the beach and listening to music at 1.30pm when man approached and threatened her with a knife and then asked for money.

“He then fled with her cellphone, identity book and student card,” said Wiid.

Major-General Ndlovu has tasked members from the K9 search and rescue unit to patrol and monitor the beaches and surrounding areas. - Supplied

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