4 homes hit in 4 hours

2016-11-04 10:35
Home robbers are gaining entrance into houses by smashing sliding doors.

Home robbers are gaining entrance into houses by smashing sliding doors. (File)

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Hilton became the target of four house robberies, within a matter of a few hours on Tuesday night and the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Between 11 pm and 3 am, four Hilton homes were broken into.

Aliwal Security director Sewraj Girdhurparsadh said he attended two of the four robberies in Hilton where flat-screen TVs, laptops and cellphones were grabbed in a two-minute operation.

Girdhurparsadh said that in both incidents, the owners were inside of the house when the robbers entered, however, no one was injured.

He said the first robbery he responded to occurred at 11 pm on Tuesday night, where it was reported that two men, carrying knives, entered the house by breaking a glass sliding door.

He said the flat-screen TV and car keys were stolen before the men fled the property.

Speaking to The Witness on condition of anonymity, the owner said she and her husband were not harmed during the robbery but were traumatised by the incident.

She said she was in the bedroom, and her husband was sitting in the lounge when the two men entered their home. “He heard a bang and went to see what it was. When he saw two men inside the house, he ran to the kitchen and pressed the panic button.”

She said the men went directly for the flat screen TV and laptop, and it appeared that they knew exactly what they wanted.

“They were very brazen. I don’t think there was any intention to harm us but they were determined to get what they wanted.”

She said the men were in and out of the house within two minutes. “It was frightening. They were in and out so quickly, it was difficult to process at the time,” she said.

Girdhurparsadh said the second house robbery occurred at around midnight, however, nothing was stolen as Aliwal arrived minutes after the homeowner heard the men trying to enter the house and pressed the panic button.

Hilton resident Kyle Anderson said he had his home broken into in June this year, in almost the same manner.

“They threw a cement block through our glass sliding door,” said Anderson. “By the time I got to the lounge to see what was going on, a couple of them had already taken the TV and other items.

“Two men remained behind for cell phones, computers and bags. As I got to the lounge the one guy fired a shot in order for me to go back.

“That same morning they drove past the house again at around 9 am and stopped outside laughing and pointing at us on the veranda.”

He said it seemed as if they had come back for items they had not been able to take earlier.

Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Sergeant Mthokozisi Ngobese said all four robberies had been reported to the Hilton police and although no arrests had been made, the cases were being investigated.

• chelsea.pieterse@witness.co.za

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