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WATCH: Robbers strip couple of R1.2m in Rolex watches and jewellery

03 July, 03:29 PM

Sharlene Rood

A group of robbers dragged a Boksburg couple from their vehicle at gunpoint and robbed them of jewellery valued at an estimated R1.2m.

According to the couple's son, the robbers asked his mother to "please take off" her watch.

Speaking to News24 on condition of anonymity, the son said the incident happened on Saturday at 17:48, outside the gate of a security estate near Carnival City.

CCTV footage shows a Ford Ranger pulling up to the entrance of the estate. Two men run to the driver of the bakkie, pulling him from the vehicle. One of the robbers then makes his way to the passenger side of the bakkie.

Less than a minute later, the robbery is over.

According to their son, the couple, aged 57 and 58, spent the day shopping at the Design Quarter in Fourways.

He is convinced that they were being watched.

"They didn't take my mom's handbag. They didn't take cash or my dad's wallet. They didn't take anything else. They only took the watches and jewellery and they ran off with that."

He said his mom had hidden her ring in her hand during the robbery. Although it was no longer on her finger, the thief asked her for the ring specifically.

"How did he know about her ring? They must have been watched before," the son said.

He said his parents were traumatised by the incident.

According to the son, police only arrived at the scene five and a half hours after the incident because no vehicles were available at the time.

Ekurhuleni police spokesperson Captain Juanita Coetzer confirmed a case of armed robbery was opened at the Brakpan police station, with jewellery worth over a million rand stolen. 

Police confirmed two Rolex watches, a 5-carat diamond ring and a diamond tennis bracelet were stolen from the couple.

Coetzer could not comment on the alleged delayed response time. News24 has reached out to the Brakpan police station for comment on the purported delay.

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