Pietermaritzburg residents hit by spate of robberies

2015-11-20 10:30
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Pietermaritzburg - Eastwood residents are being plagued by a gang of burglars, targeting middle-class homes, who have already reportedly struck a number of properties in one week.

According to residents in the area, more than five homes in and around the vicinity of Adelaar Road were struck by the brazen burglars last week.

One resident, Graham Tayler, who lives with his two young granddaughters, said he was woken by banging on his roof tiles during the early hours of last Thursday.

Presuming the noise was coming from his neighbour’s property, Tayler said he turned on the lights and went back to sleep.

The next morning, he discovered that his roof tiles had been removed and a large gaping hole left in his ceiling, from where the burglars had tried to enter the house before they were disturbed.

Tayler said he believes the same burglars also tried to break into his neighbour’s property the same night, as muddy footprints were found across the property.

“I believe the same gang of burglars also broke into a property opposite my house earlier last week. They held up the tenant in the basement and stole cellphones,” he said.

“These criminals are shockingly brazen. We should all be a lot more safety conscious now.”

Mountain Rise police spokesperson Joshua Maistry said although there had been a number of incidents in the area, only two cases were reported to the police last week.

Maistry said the first incident happened on Pikkewyn Road during the early hours of last Wednesday.

“Unknown suspects broke into the house and stole electronic appliances to the value of R9 500,” Maistry said.

The second incident was at Tayler’s home.

Police visited both crime scenes and fingerprints were taken.

The suspects are unknown at this stage.

“Investigating officers from the Mountain Rise Property Crimes Unit are working closely with the community and informers in order to get more information that will lead to the apprehension of these suspects,” Maistry said.

The police have also urged residents to keep detailed records of their property.

• amil.umraw@witness.co.za

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