New ‘five-minute’ gang caught on camera

2016-10-25 11:19
A brazen gang of robbers, with the same modus operandi as the once famed ‘five-minute gang’, last week struck at a Raisethorpe home.

A brazen gang of robbers, with the same modus operandi as the once famed ‘five-minute gang’, last week struck at a Raisethorpe home. (Screenshot of video)

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Explicit camera footage reveals how a new breed of the notorious “five-minute gang” struck at a Raisethorpe home last week.

Using crowbars, bolt cutters and a bag full of other housebreaking implements, the five-man gang broke into a house in the vicinity of Deccan Road, parking their getaway car in the driveway before entering through the front door.

The gang members, one of whom appears in the footage to be armed, were disturbed by the homeowners, who had awoken when the alarm was triggered. The gang made a quick getaway — the entire ordeal lasting exactly five minutes.

The footage, taken from two home cameras, shows the gang arriving in an expensive white Audi at about 9.30 pm on Friday.

One man exits the vehicle and scouts the house before his accomplices, one of whom is spotted carrying a duffle bag, joins him.

Four men casually approach the front door while the fifth, who appears to be armed, stands watch near the car.

The men then tilt the camera away before breaking through a security gate and twisting the front door open with a crow bar.

Five minutes later, the gang are seen scurrying out of the front door, tripping over each other on the way to their vehicle.

Speaking to The Witness yesterday, the homeowner, who asked not to be named, said he was with his wife when the incident occurred.

“We locked the house up early and switched the lights off before going to bed. We watched TV until about 8.30 pm and then went to sleep,” he said.

When the alarm sounded an hour later, the resident said he sprang up and started to switch the lights on.

“I saw flashlights inside the kitchen and the light in the lounge, which is the first room as you enter the house, was on. I was still confused and did not realise what was happening. Before I could walk down the stairs, I think they [the robbers] heard me coming and ran out the front door,” he said.

“They were all wearing gloves and balaclavas. I thank God that they did not come upstairs. My wife is traumatised and we did not sleep all weekend.”

The robbers were disturbed before they could steal anything, but the resident said he would erect a wall in his front yard to avoid any further incidents.

“I think they broke in because they thought nobody was home. I am shocked about how casually they acted. I want to warn other residents in the area to be aware of this car and be vigilant at night,” the resident said.

• Watch the full video of the brazen robbery on The Witness Facebook page.

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