Armed robbers prowl Umdoni residential areas

Robbery at Mpisini Nature Reserve

THE RECENT spate of crime within Umdoni has prompted residents to tighten up household security and to call for more visible policing.

In some areas, neighbourhood watches have been formed. Within two days, three separate incidents have taken place in which victims were targeted by armed criminals in Umzinto and Amandawe.

On Monday, February 19, four unknown men and a woman allegedly robbed a store in Amandawe at about 7.50 pm and stole an undisclosed amount of money, airtime, cigarettes and cell ‘phones.

“It is alleged that the woman approached the owner of the store to purchase a dish.

“There are burglar guards separating the customers from the store personnel and because the dish could not fit through the burglar guard bars, the store owner had to open the gate to pass it to her.

“At this point, the four men, one of whom was armed with a firearm, forced their way behind the service counter and demanded money at gunpoint.

“The 25-year-old store owner was assaulted and forced to show the suspects where the money was kept.

“They fled the scene in a white VW Polo.

“The Scottburgh SAPS has registered a case of business robbery for investigation,” said police spokesperson, Captain Vincent Pandarum. On the same night, at about 8.30pm, a Prospect Road, Umbelibeli Farm resident was also robbed of his pistol, car keys and cell ‘phone, outside his home.

“The 32-year-old man arrived at the gate to his house to see an unknown white Toyota Etios on his premises.

As he got out of his vehicle, he was grabbed from behind, disarmed and robbed of his possessions.

Three men and a woman fled the scene in the Toyota Etios.

A case of robbery has been registered by the Umzinto SAPS for investigation,” said Cpt Pandarum.

On Sunday night, a well-known Umzinto family was also targeted by an armed gang, which was caught on the CCTV cameras. Fortunately, the gang did not enter the house and no case was opened.

Not so long ago, Ghandinagar residents lived in fear as a number of residents fell prey to criminal elements in broad daylight.

Residents are urged to take extra caution when it comes to safety around their homes.

Do not leave doors, windows and gates open as this is an invitation to criminals.

Police have made an appeal for anyone with any information that could help with the investigations to contact either the Umzinto SAPS on 039-974-6500 or the Scottburgh SAPS on 039-978-1900 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

MSCRS Reporter

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