Hartbeespoort under criminal siege

 A couple and baby were held at gunpoint and robbed in Melodie, a man was robbed at gunpoint in his house in Broederstroom, and armed robbers stormed and robbed a fuel station in Bokfontein.

At 02:45 this morning (Monday) two armed robbers overpowered a security guard at the Sasol fuel station in Bokfontein, cuffed him with his own handcuffs and stormed into the shop.

“They held three employees at gunpoint and took the money from the cash registers,” said the manager, Peet Pretorius. “It seems the men were on foot. No one was injured.’

A young couple in their twenties and their baby were held at gunpoint and robbed by a gang of six armed robbers at their home in Melodie on Sunday night.

Graeme Longhurst and his wife, Natasha, and five-month-old baby were watching television around 19:30 when Graeme went outside to smoke.

“The six robbers, armed with three firearms and wearing balaclavas, were outside and a gun was pushed against his head. The robbers took him inside, grabbed his wife and baby and held them at gunpoint. They tied up Graeme with cables, put a cloth in his mouth and then demanded money,” said Romano van der Spuy, spokesperson for the Hartbeespoort community policing forum.

‘The robbers searched the house, took the couple’s cellphones and other belongings, including cash, and fled in Graeme’s Isuzu bakkie. However, at the intersection at Makalani in Beethoven Road, they crashed the bakkie into a ditch. They fled into the bushes.”

On Saturday night at 23:00 a Broederstroom resident was returning to his home at Sundance Village on the Pelindaba Road when he was overpowered by two armed men.

“The man had just opened the gate to his residence when he heard a shot, before the robbers pointed him with firearms. They told him to lie down and tied him up. They ransacked the house and loaded his Kia vehicle with a television set and various other items. They took his ring, watch, cellphone and cash and dragged him into the car,” said Van der Spuy.

They drove in the direction of Pretoria and dumped him in bushes alongside the road near Necsa and fled in his car. The man managed to free himself and get help.

No arrests have been made in any of the cases.

Van der Spuy has expressed his concern about the increased spate or armed robberies in the area. Seven armed robberies were reported in under two weeks.

“It seems Hartbeespoort and surrounds are targeted by a syndicate of armed robbers,” he said.

Also see:

Armed gang terrorises Hartbeespoort – three shot, several injured

  AUTHOR
Daleen van Manen
Journalist

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