Suspects still at large in armed robberies

Three men – two armed with crowbars a third with a long screwdriver, broke into an elderly woman’s Plumstead home on Wednesday morning.

The men ransacked the house before fleeing in a vehicle, according to police.

The men had forced their way into the house, on the corner of South and Churchill roads, through a back door, said Diep River police spokesman, Sergeant Zak Marais.

No injuries were reported. On the same morning, three men, one armed with a gun, held up a middle-aged man in the driveway of his Birmingham Road home in Plumstead, at 8.15am.

The men demanded the keys to the man’s car then hit him on the head with the gun before driving off in it.

The car was later found abandoned in Retreat, but the hijackers are still at large.

Anyone with information can contact Detective Sergeant Sibini at 021 710 7352.

* DiepRiverpolicespokesman,Sergeant Zak Marais, said two men, one armed with a gun, broke into a house
in Ladies Mile Extension, Constantia, on Tuesday October 16, at 9.30am and held up
the resident and gardener.

The two men ransacked the house, taking several televisions, cellphones and other household goods before fleeing in a vehicle.

No shots were fired and no injuries were reported.

Anyone with further information can contact Detective Sergeant Wellington Mwerbi at 021 710 7345.

* Blue Route Mall shoppers were shocked on Saturday October 13 after two child shoplifters stabbed a security guard and a shopper who tried to apprehend them.

The boys, aged 10 and 16, allegedly tried to steal a “trolley full of goods” at the Checkers store just before 3pm.

A witness said the boys started slashing at people with knives “left, right and centre” as they tried to flee.

“They were in Checkers and security started shouting that they were stealing. Then all hell broke loose and they ran in the direction of the first entrance of the mall,” the witness said.

“People tried to stop them and they just started stabbing.”

A security guard and a male customer, believed to be in his 50s, were injured.

The witness said the boys ran away in the direction of Melomed Hospital along the Main Road in Tokai. Other security guards chased after them and caught them and handed them over to police.

Kirstenhof police did not respond to questions, but police spokesman, Lieutenant-Colonel André Traut, said the two boys had been arrested for attempted murder and shoplifting after being

apprehended by security personnel.

Blue Route Mall spokeswoman,JaclynLovell, said:The safety and well-being of our shoppers, tenants and employees is our top priority.” Shoprite Checkers spokeswoman, Sarita van Wyk said: “A criminal case has been opened and the supermarket chain extends its best wishes to the guard and customer who are recuperating.

“The supermarket also thanks the four other customers who assisted in apprehending the suspects together with mall security.”