Jewellery worth R1m stolen in Durban home invasion

2015-06-19 16:50
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Durban – A family was forced to watch as thieves ransacked their home, taking household items, money and jewellery worth R1m during a house robbery on Thursday afternoon.

Merebank businesswoman Ranji Thandroyen, 61, was sitting in the lounge having supper with her two daughters in their Brighton Beach home on the Bluff, when two neatly dressed gun-wielding men walked into the lounge.

“It was around 17:45 and my son-in-law was in the garage working. The men entered the gate, which was open, and then entered the house," she said.

“One of them approached me and the other went to my daughter Patricia and my two granddaughters. They pointed the guns to our heads.  

“Move and I will shoot,” the family was told.

Daughter assaulted

She said three more men entered the house carrying kit bags.

“They calmly took out cable ties and tape and tied all of us and covered our mouths with tape. After that they asked us to lay on the floor on our stomachs and they ransacked the house.

“One of the men cocked the gun and told us he would shoot if we moved. He then took my daughter Patricia, 38, around the house and demanded to know where the keys for the safe were,” she said.

Thandroyen said her daughter resisted and took the men to her bedroom and told them to take the R800 in her purse.

“They still wanted more and when she refused to tell them where the keys were they hit her and assaulted her with the butt of the gun. They then went into my bedroom and ransacked my room until they found my handbag which had the keys to the safe.

They opened the safe and took cellphones, a laptop and jewellery worth R1m belonging to various family members.

“Everybody knows that my husband had beautiful jewellery. They took my credit cards and all the money that was in there and also took the car, a gold Honda, and drove away.”

Police investigating

Thandroyen believes the men were professional criminals.

“They did all of this in 15 minutes. I think that they have been watching our house for a while because they were clean and quiet, no one heard that this was happening.

“My son-in-law discovered us when he came down to get something at the house and when he saw the gun he ran to get help. When he got back they had driven away,” she said.

Thandroyen said she was grateful that her family was not killed.

“After we were untied I just prayed and thanked God that they did not shoot us,” she said.

KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said the Brighton Beach SAPS were investigating a case of house robbery and no arrests or recoveries had been made.

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