Durbanites warned of housebreakers posing as workmen

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Durban residents are warned to be aware of housebreaking gangs disguised as workmen and wearing blue overalls in a ruse to enter properties illegally.

The warning follows an incident in Durban North on Friday when two people entered a property in Danville Avenue, dressed in blue overalls.

“The suspects approached the domestic worker and threatened her with a knife,” said Blue Security spokesperson Andreas Mathios.

The employee was able to escape the men and run to a neighbour to raise the alarm and inform them of the incident.

“The suspects fled in the direction of Virginia Bush with one cellphone," Mathios said.

In a separate incident, Mathios said in the early hours of Saturday morning, Blue Security successfully arrested two housebreaking suspects in the Manor Gardens area.

"The men were positively identified by a resident in the same complex as the same suspects who broke into his premises and stole his flatscreen TV and stabbed his domestic worker," Mathios said.

He said at the time of their arrest the suspects were wearing the same sneakers that they had previously stolen from his property.

The suspected criminals were handed over to Mayville SAPS for further investigation and processing.


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