A Mount Vernon family luckily escaped injury on Friday evening when a gang of five armed men invaded their home, south of Durban, and robbed them at gunpoint.
“Blue Security responded to the incident which occurred at around 7pm whilst the family was sitting in the living room watching TV,” said Blue Security community and media liaison officer, Andreas Mathios.
“The five suspects, armed with 9mm pistols instructed the family to lie down on the floor, to avoid being hurt, while they proceeded to ransack the house in search of valuables,” Mathios said. “The suspects fled with a flatscreen TV, laptop, two Playstations, two cellphones, jewellery and a handbag,” he said. “It is unclear how the suspects gained entry to the property, which is surrounded by high walls. No-one was injured in the incident and Bellair SAPS attended the crime scene,” he said.
In one of two business robberies, which occurred in greater Durban, four armed men held up staff and the owner’s son in Isipingo Rail just before 1pm on Friday. “The gang, all wearing shorts and masks, escaped in an awaiting getaway vehicle with an unknown amount of cash and cellphones,” Mathios said. “No shots were fired and no-one was injured. Further investigations are continuing,” he said.
In a separate incident, in the early hours of Saturday morning, two men robbed a 24-hour shop in Prospecton, south of Durban.
“A Blue Security reaction officer responded to a call that staff had been held up at gunpoint and robbed,” Mathios said. “The incident occurred just after 2am when the two suspects walked into the garage shop, pulled out firearms and instructed the instore security guard to lie face down on the floor,” he said. “The cashier was then ordered to hand over an undisclosed amount of cash to the suspects who then fled the scene. Members of Isipingo SAPS attended and investigations are continuing,” he said.
Blue Security reaction officers also responded to a panic activation from a petrol station on the Bluff following an altercation late on Saturday night.
“It was reported that a violent disagreement had occurred between patrons who were departing and others who were arriving at the premises,” Mathios said. “A nearby resident who had gone outside to investigate the noise sustained a hand injury when a shot was fired,” he said. “CCTV footage has identified the armed suspects involved in the altercation, who drove off following the incident. One live round and four cartridges were retrieved at the scene by members of Metro and Wentworth SAPS. Investigations are continuing,” he said.
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