Home invasion in Bergvliet

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Two men, one brandishing a gun, held up a Bergvliet family in their home and made off with electronics and a vehicle, police say.

One of the homeowners was accosted by the robbers, who arrived in a Hyundai H1, after he returned from work, at 8pm on Monday May 8, and found the driveway gate was not closing, said Kirstenhof police spokeswoman Sergeant Deidre Solomon.

“The victim was in his driveway waiting for the front gate to close. When the gate did not close, he got out of his vehicle to investigate and was approached by two males who took him into the house and got the rest of the family, his spouse and two children, to the living room where they were told to lie down while the suspects ransacked their house,” Sergeant Solomon said.

No shots were fired and no one was injured during the incident, said Sergeant Solomon.

TVs, a gaming console, laptops, golf clubs, a microwave, cellphones and a Mercedes Benz C Class were stolen in the robbery, according to the Bergvliet Kreupelbosch and Meadowridge (BKM) Neighbourhood Watch and the police.

Police are investigating a house robbery and the perpetrators are still at large.

“Residents are encouraged to make provisions for good outside lighting, but switch lights off during the day. Report anything suspicious,” said Sergeant Solomon.

“When approaching your home, ensure that it is safe to enter and that you have not been followed. Be aware of persons loitering near the entrance of your residence.”

BKM Neighbourhood Watch advises residents to reverse into their driveways so they can see someone approaching; stay in the car until the gate or garage doors have closed; and keep a cellphone and panic button close at hand.

• Wynberg police are trying to trace the mother of a one-year-old girl who was found on the corner of Cavan and Aliwal roads, near Wynberg Girls’ High School, at 1pm, on Sunday February 19. The child has been in the care of social workers since then.

Wynberg police spokesperson Captain Ntomboxolo Lindipasi said a woman, believed to be in her 30s, was seen with the baby before she was found. Police believe the woman, who is of slender build and dark complexion with Afro hair, and was wearing a green top and black plants, could help with their investigation. Anyone with information about this woman or the abandoned child can contact Sergeant Lennox Nxanxashe at 021 799 1315 or 082 334 8348 or 10111.

• Police have identified a male pedestrian who was knocked by a motor vehicle on the corner of Military and Main roads, in Kirstenhof on Saturday morning at 6.45 pm, as Antonio Samuel, a 46-year-old father of three from Sheraton Park.

His wife had reported him missing to Kirstenhof police on Sunday.

It is alleged, say police, that he had run into the road to get a taxi to work when he was hit by a grey Volkswagen Polo heading down Main Road towards Muizenberg.

“The driver of the vehicle remained on the scene till SAPS arrived,” said Sergeant Solomon.

Police are investigating a culpable homicide.