Lansdowne police have issued a warning to residents, urging them to be alert to armed robberies.
Lansdowne police spokesperson Sergeant Nkululeko Mnyaka says a “spate of robberies with firearms in the Lansdowne police precinct shows there were more than one perpetrator using cars to commit this kind of crime in January”.
Mnyaka says cars that were used in robberies have been identified by victims, including:
. A white Nissan Sentra with an unknown registration number and two occupants, one of whom was armed.
. A white VW Polo and maroon Nissan Sentra, both with unknown registration numbers.
. A metallic silver Honda Ballade with registration number CJ 10846 and three unknown men as occupants.
. A motorbike with an unknown registration number, driven by a man.
. A silver BMW with an unknown registration number and five occupants.
. An old silver Toyota with three unknown men as occupants, one of whom was armed.
. A blue Toyota Tazz with registration number starting CA 451 and three unknown men as occupants.
. A Vuka Scooter with an unknown registration number and two men on it.
. A silver Toyota Corolla with a white left rear door and three unknown coloured male occupants.
“One incident occurred on Monday 18 January at 21:30 in Lovat Road, Ottery. An unknown silver Toyota with three men pulled up next to the victim. The backseat passenger got out and pushed the victim against a fence while the other suspect pointed at the victim with a firearm and took keys with a remote and a cellphone,” Mnyaka says.
Another incident occurred in Welmar road, Penlyn on Friday 22 January at about 13:00.
“A woman was standing on the yellow line when she felt someone pulling her down by her hair. The suspect dragged her to the car and another suspect put a firearm against her head and the other put a knife to her throat. The suspects searched her schoolbag and took her cellphone, then fled in a blue Toyota Tazz.”
Lansdowne police station commander Colonel Herman Seals has urged residents and visitors to the Lansdowne policing precinct to be vigilant.
Mnyaka has urged residents not to approach these suspicious cars as the occupants can be “dangerous and heavily armed”. Anyone with information should contact the Lansdowne detectives on 021 700 9000 or 082 576 2804.