Manhunt for Despatch armed robbers

2018-07-12 06:01

POLICE launched a manhunt for three men who allegedly broke into a Despatch home last week on Wednesday at around 02:00 and held the owner at gunpoint.

It is alleged that three men forced open a window and climbed into the house in Breë Street in Retief suburb.

“One of the suspects armed with a firearm, held a 56-year-old at gunpoint. A victim was further tied and kept in the bedroom while other suspects ransacked the house,” said police spokesperson Captain Gerda Swart.

Suspects stole cash from the wallet, a flat screen television, a video machine and two tablet phones before fleeing the scene.

“About an hour later, a victim managed to free himself and contacted the police. No person was injured during the incident,” said Captain Swart.

Police are urging homeowners to install burglar bars in all their house windows and doors so as to increase security measures.

This gives homeowners ample time to contact police or create diversion while intruders would be busy attempting to gain entry.

It is also advisable for homeowners to keep a record of all serialized items in a safe place.

  • Anyone with information about the incident is urged to anonymously share it via Crime Stop 08600 10111. - REPORTER

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24


How your dog can tell what you’re feeling

Researchers have found a specific area in a dog’s brain that recognises human faces – a finding that may help to explain why dogs are so sensitive to human social cues.



Share your 67 minutes with animals in need this Mandela Day
Kevin Anderson’s dog is winning at Instagram!
Kim Kardashian-West buys fake testicles to boost her dog’s self-esteem
10 tips on exercising your dog
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.