Airport robbery baffles cops

2012-11-01 14:02

Johannesburg - Police are baffled by the robbery of two men minutes after they arrived home from OR Tambo International Airport, Captain Pinky Tsinyane said on Thursday.

"We are surprised by the way the robbery was carried out. Police are trying to find out how the robbers got information about their victims," she said.

Three men followed two Nigerians from the airport and attacked them shortly after they arrived at their home in Heidelberg on Thursday.

They held them at gunpoint and robbed them of jewellery, cash and other valuables.

Patrolling police were alerted about the robbery and cornered the robbers on the N3. The stolen items were recovered.

Tsinyane said the investigation would hopefully reveal how the robbers got information about their victims, the flight and its arrival time and the men's car.

She said the three men arrested would appear in the Heidelberg Magistrates' Court on Friday on charges of armed robbery.

  • blignault.michaele - 2012-11-01 14:14

    What next?

      attie.mostert.9 - 2012-11-01 14:37

      Don't you mean whats new?

      janice.mcmaster.92 - 2012-11-01 14:43

      Very scetchy reporting...

      raymond.romans.5 - 2012-11-01 15:32

      Drug money, no doubt.

      tw2066 - 2012-11-02 05:30

      Its that BIG SOUTH AFRICAN way of saying "Welcome to SA,the land of wealth re-distribution",

      aniken.vader.31 - 2012-11-02 13:12

      @lance - I keep telling people in other articles - in sa there seems to be a tendency to treat the victims of crime as criminals! The other day this business person was robbed of something like 500k at his home - suddenly everyone questioned the victim...! Today is because they were nigerians! Anyway - well done to the cops - we NEED to give credit where is due.

  • Andrea - 2012-11-01 14:23

    Information was most likely received from somebody who knew these men?

      gary.bloom.967 - 2012-11-01 15:33

      I've dealt with loads of people robbed on the way back to Pta from the airport. This is nothing new, this has been going on for ages. The fact that the cops are baffled doesn't surprise me one bit, because they've never had a clue.

      arthur.hugh - 2012-11-01 15:41

      Or an inside job from whoever has access to flight records.

      sipho.zipi - 2012-11-02 06:49

      interrogate the customs officials first.

  • neutedop.opinie - 2012-11-01 14:23

    Okay, I am from the Cape, but landing at OR, getting through customs, collecting baggage and being robbed in Heidelberg does not sound like 'minutes after they arrived'! IOL is really way better news and journalists than News24 - shocking!

      mfrater - 2012-11-01 14:43

      So go read IOL and stay off News24?

      serena.johnston.7 - 2012-11-01 14:57

      Minutes after they arrived HOME from OR Tambo!

      jacques.smit - 2012-11-01 15:30

      you probly thinking of the wrong Heidelberg... not the one near witsand, the one in jhb..

      neutedop.opinie - 2012-11-01 16:05

      Yes Jacques, the one an hour and a half drive from the airport, the same airport where customs take about an hour at least, and baggage another half an hour :)

      tw2066 - 2012-11-02 05:31

      Yes, about 120 to 360 minutes after.

  • mrova.blaza - 2012-11-01 14:29

    If you live by the gun ...

      gift.mushi.9 - 2012-11-01 16:15

      You die natural death. hahahahahahaha.

      mrova.blaza - 2012-11-01 16:49

      you an idiot Gift. Kwaaaaah.

  • Eterni80 - 2012-11-01 14:29

    in SA there's always someone looking to sell information on who has what when etc.

  • jonathan.dutoit2 - 2012-11-01 14:30

    So it didn't happen at the airport. GET YOUR HEADINGS straight!

      mlungisi.botha - 2012-11-01 14:53

      Ja but it all started at the airport. I bet if they'd just said "ROBBERY BAFFLES COPS" you wouldn't have read it. The other day a local paper here had a headline: "Minister Shot Dead" - it turned out to be a church minister of a local church - rather than what the headline implies. Thats the nature of the business - trading in innuendo's, guesing games etc.

  • jaco.s.scheepers - 2012-11-01 14:31

    Airport robbery??? WTF!!! It happened at their home!!!! News 24 desperate to get readership???

  • rodney.currie.79 - 2012-11-01 14:38

    Wow S.A.P baffled , surprise surprise

  • fran.aphane - 2012-11-01 14:39

    One of the victim's relative must have arranged the robbery. How on earth did the thieves know about the arrivals of these people and how did they know how they looked like and which car would they be transported in? If is a taxi then the person who organized it must have colluded with the robbers or the driver of the pick up car knows something. Watch this space!

  • jannie.kotze.7 - 2012-11-01 14:53

    Nigerians?? Getting some of their own medicine back?

  • maropola.nkitsing - 2012-11-01 14:57

    I careless about drug dealers> Nigerians think twice about those guys.

  • calliedj - 2012-11-01 15:09

    I first thought that two men had been abducted at the airport?!

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-11-01 15:10

    Its a scam!! Arrest the Nigerians and throw them in goal with the robbers !! Good riddence (o both!!

  • boom.afridi.56 - 2012-11-01 15:15

    nigerians robbed by south africans lol :p supposed to be other way around.

  • siphobongohead - 2012-11-01 15:20

    Clearly an inside job. Investigate the darkie airport workers.

  • Hemlock - 2012-11-01 15:44

    Nigerians...need I say more ?

  • braam.colangelo - 2012-11-01 15:49

    some of their own medicine? ?????

  • evidence.dumba - 2012-11-01 15:51

    Baffled? No form of crime baffles me anymorein this country.

  • johan.vanheerden.737 - 2012-11-01 15:55

    When you pass through customs you complete a doc that states wghat you have in your possesion and also where you will be staying in SA - eish easy to make a copy and pass it to a friend with detail of passenger. Passenger is then followed by a member of the team to their car and details of car is given to rest of team waiting just off one of the exit's

  • clive.kihn - 2012-11-01 15:58

    Only our inept police force would be "baffled" by this event; the answer is pretty obvious to me - inside info from airport staff, including customs/immigration officials.

  • rofhiwa.ronald.1 - 2012-11-01 18:10

    Im not suprised they r here for one reason to make money by doing fraud or smuggling drugs why wory?.the stollen properties r product of drugs n frauding our country. WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND

      oosthuizen - 2012-11-01 19:23

      This is xenophobic, you cannot judge a person just because of their nationality... you should be ashamed of yourself!

      rofhiwa.ronald.1 - 2012-11-01 20:33

      @Oosthuizen u must be staying at surbuban areas or nt in jouburg i stays with them they r not here for a good reasons..just go to hillbrow streets n hangthere for an hour u will b suprised n learn mo about nigerians mission

  • rene.oosthuizen.1232 - 2012-11-01 19:18

    Their car was highjacked with all their posessions. I was the one that picked up the victim and gave chase while contacting our local CPF who in turn contacted our local police. During the chase I alerted a traffic officer who also gave chase. They stopped their car on the highway and fled on foot. Our cops were brilliant. Within minutes they swarmed the place and the police helicopter flushed them out of some farmland. This shows what can be done with co-operation between the public, CPF and cops. Anonymous

  • rene.oosthuizen.1232 - 2012-11-01 19:24

    Their car was highjacked. I am the one that picked up the victim and gave chase while alerting our local CPF who in turn alerted the cops. I also alerted a traffic officer who also gave chase. The criminals stopped on the N3 and abandoned the car, fleeing into farmland. The local cops were brilliant. They swarmed all over the place within minutes and the police chopper arrived very soon afterwards. The chopper flushed them out and they were arrested. This shows what can be done with co=operation between the public, a dedicated CPF and good response from the police.

      Nigel - 2012-11-02 07:41

      Well well well. There you are dimwits - (see my previous posts), it was not a false crime set up by the Nigerians. Now, whether the perps are Nigerians or not remains to be seen. Possibly yes, but to me their is a new trend in SA, namely, blame all crime of foreigners. Well I'm sorry - not buying into that one since I know for a fact it isn't so. Well done SAPS, traffic etc. Good bust!!!!!

  • DraganTrenk - 2012-11-01 20:19

    If we exclude friends of the victims,only Customs and Police new content of their possessions-how many times happened,already,it doesn't take more than ONE brain cell to figured from where leak is originated.Take cellphones away from all officials, at the border control and Banks,while they are at work.

  • caleb.finn1 - 2012-11-01 20:42

    Just want to point out that we should congratulate the officers who made the arrests and recovered the stolen goods... But we had to all zone in on the negative, got to love South Africans, find the negative and run with it :(

  • christopher.collings.9 - 2012-11-02 01:22

    A paper bag with a piece of crud in it would baffle Boswell Wilkey's biggest competition, the South African Police force has to be the biggest joke in the whole country. Bunch of bumbling bafoons who have had countless photo's of themselves on the internet sleeping on duty or being bribed by someone. I have lost all respect for these clowns. Ive seen photo's of them holding their riot shields upside down, rifles & firearms being used in an improper & unsafe way. Even dust goggles being worn upside down ffs, do these idiots not get trained? And how can a fat overweight 140 kilogram 'police officer' actually do anything other than sit down? Bunch of bloody clowns the lot of them. Gone are the days when we could be proud of our men & woman in uniform, unfortunately it looks like being slapgat is the in thing. Thats SAP SLAPGAT! Rooms filled with unsolved cases. People would rather phone someone they know for help in an emergency than that incompetent lot. They either come 2 hours later or not @ all, excuse given: sorry we had no petrol. The ANC has failed to protect & keep safe South Africa, get rid of the ANC & u get rid of the problem. Everything needs a complete overhaul including the fools in police uniform. Their entire ranks need a shake up!

  • Amanda Coetzer - 2012-11-02 02:49

    it doesnt take much to baffle the police in south africa

  • flysouth - 2012-11-02 08:42

    Why not just make the headline "Everything baffles cops"?

  • uwe.merkle.5 - 2012-11-02 09:05

    Who cares how baffled the cops are. At lease they caught the b@stards! Well done dudes!

  • jose.d.santos.9041 - 2012-11-02 09:05

    as much as it hurts to say this, the aussies for one have the right system in place .. if youre not going to contribute in a positive way youre not welcome.. SA allow anyone in, especially the bad apples of all the neighbouring countries ..

  • HakeemLibala - 2012-11-02 09:36

    It should not b a crime to mugg a Nigerian its an offensive defense

  • mark.haupt.31 - 2012-11-02 12:12

    The SAP are always baffled, and confused, and generally illiterate and useless. The part that baffles me is about the Nigerians being "at home" in Heidelberg.

  • atta.asare - 2012-11-02 12:45

    guys not all nigerians are drug dealers... yes most seem to b involved in such but we dont know if these men were. i think its nt fair to judge until u knw the facts. im surprised the cops are 'baffled' as these types of robberies are common. i have heard of 5 different cases of people getting robbed after arriving home from an international flight... BIG ups to the cops for catching the criminals.

  • flynn.govender - 2012-11-02 14:09

    This is a job of a syndicate - inside information. Police should not be baffled because there are so many thefts that is happening at the luggage department right under their nose in the airport and yet they do nothing.

  • marius.a.visser - 2012-11-02 15:35

    I suppose it doesnt take much to baffle our police... the purps were probably police themselves...

  • samgaf - 2012-11-02 18:07

    Hello,cops are permanently baffled,whats new???

  • bbreet - 2012-11-05 17:29

    Yip, robbery is of the day, however, the wording is correct in the first paragraph guys, they say minutes AFTER arriving HOME FROM OR Tambo airport. News 24 didn't state anywhere minutes after landing, they got robbed at their home. But yes, sad that robbery crime is such a problem in our country. Rather focus on the problem CRIME! not searching for grammar mistakes in a news report.

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