South Africa 3.7.2014 12:55 pm

Brazen Midrand robbery caught on camera

A Midrand man was followed home and robbed at gunpoint by two men driving a white Mercedes Benz in the latest ‘follow-home’ incident in the province. The incident was caught on camera.

A Midrand man was followed home and robbed at gunpoint by two men driving a white Mercedes Benz in the latest ‘follow-home’ incident caught on camera in Gauteng.

Police said that on 20 June the resident pulled up to his complex gate and was approached by two men who drove up behind him in a white Mercedes Benz.

The CCTV footage filmed by Ria Sebetsa Security Services showed one of the robbers walking up to the passenger side of the victim’s vehicle, while the other walked to the drivers’ side and pointed a firearm at the driver.

The video shows the robbers taking money from the man, running back to the Mercedes Benz and driving off. The victim was left unharmed.

Ria Sebetsa managing director Danny Maduray told The Citizen that “follow-home” robberies were reported daily.

“People are targeted at a number of banks at various shopping centres every day. In Midrand, we’ve had reports of this happening at Standard Bank at Boulders Shopping Centre and also the one at Sandridge Square Shopping Centre,” said Maduray.

“The Absa bank opposite Boulders Shopping Centre is another hot spot.”

Maduray said the company continued to educate residents on safe ways of doing banking.

“People should not withdraw large sums of money. It is much safer to make use of electronic banking,” he said.

“This doesn’t often happen as you find employers paying workers cash. In most of such cases it is the foreign workers that are paid cash.”

In May, two Blairgowrie residents in Johannesburg were accosted by three armed men driving a silver Mercedes Benz, who held them up at gunpoint after arriving home.

Video footage of the incident went viral, with police investigating to establish if the case was connected to other “follow home” robberies by the infamous Mercedes Benz Gang in the province.

Investigations with regards to the Midrand robbery were on-going, according to police.

 

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