House robbery in Widenham shocks community

A 51 year old Widenham resident reported to the Umkomaas SAPS that on Friday, September 14 at 05.10 he awoke to a loud banging of his bedroom door.  His son shouted for him to open the door to alert him as three unknown men wearing black jackets were inside the house and had forced his room door open.

Two of the men had fire arms and demanded jewellery and money. Very quickly they took a Samsung TV, jewellery and cash to the value of R 371 000. The complainant saw through his window that the suspects sped off in a white getaway vehicle.  The police have appealed to members of the public to assist in the investigation.  Any person who has noticed the incident or know the identity of the suspects or the vehicle are requested to contact the Branch Commander Lt Col Ngcobo at 039-973-6100. They also appeal to the communities of Widenham, Clansthal and Craigieburn to be vigilant and report suspicious activities or vehicles in the area.  In recent weeks, Craigieburn residents have been communicating on the neighbourhood watch cell phone group chat of suspicious vehicles prowling the streets.

In this particular robbery the gate was forced open and wooden door was broken to gain entry. The precision and timing in carrying out such a brazen deed in such a short space of time even before the rapid response from the alarm company, is indicative of a well-trained criminal syndicate operating in the area.

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Krish Moodley

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