A Morningside complex in Berea, Durban was hit for the third time in two months by what residents believe is “a syndicate of professional house robbers”.
This after CCTV footage captured the incident on Wednesday.
A 76-year-old pernsioner was not at home when two suspects ransacked her home and made off with her flat-screen TV, digital camera, Samsung tablet and jewellery, Berea Mail reported.
Another resident of the complex, Chasse Lapin Blanc, believes a house robbery syndicate is targeting the area because there has been a spike in the number of housebreakings in Morningside recently.
Blanc said his flat was the first to be burgled early in December.
“I think they are very selective and professional. They stole my mom’s wedding ring, other jewellery, our laptop and two iPads from our home. After the first two robberies, we reassessed our security. We were pretty secure with our access-controlled gate, which is supposed to prevent anyone from coming into the complex without a disc. We have since had security cameras installed and so managed to get footage of the robbers,” he added.
The footage shows the men entering the complex using a small, flat housebreaking device.
“Whatever device they were using was specific for our security gate because they seemed to break the gate’s magnetic security mechanism and they used a coin as well. After ransacking the woman’s flat they were panicked because they were trapped inside with the goods but a third suspect came from outside to help them get out,” he said.
The robbers fled in a getaway car. Investigations are under way.
– Caxton News Service