Cou­ple trau­ma­tised af­ter armed rob­bery

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IN YET an­other armed rob­bery to hit Kim­ber­ley re­cently, a lo­cal cou­ple was left “se­verely trau­ma­tised” af­ter be­ing as­saulted and tied up at their home by four men early yes­ter­day morn­ing.

Ger­hard Kruger, 58, and his wife Christa, 59, be­came the lat­est vic­tims of a house­break­ing when four armed men gained ac­cess to their home in Kekewich Drive in Mon­u­ment Heights early yes­ter­day morn­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to Ger­hard, he awoke at around 5.30am and went to un­lock the se­cu­rity gate sep­a­rat­ing the house’s first floor from the ground floor, when he was over­pow­ered by four armed men.

“As I un­locked the se­cu­rity gate, four men stormed to­wards me and com­pletely over­whelmed me. They forced me back into the bed­room, where they tied my wife and I up with shoelaces and left us on the bed while they ran­sacked the room and rest of the house. They man­aged to take some jew­ellery, our cell­phones and a lap­top. They also de­manded money from me and when I told them that I did not have any (money) one of the rob­bers hit me over the head with a pis­tol,” Ger­hard said.

Af­ter the men left, the cou­ple man­aged to un­tie them­selves and called po­lice from their land­line.

Ger­hard added that the four men had gained ac­cess to the house af­ter forc­ing open the bur­glar bars on a win­dow. How­ever, it is still un­clear how the four gained ac­cess into the yard, as the premises is sur­rounded by a high wall and elec­tric fenc­ing.

The cou­ple were yes­ter­day af­ter­noon still busy “pick­ing up the pieces” fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent and said that it was only “by the grace of God” that they were spared any se­ri­ous in­juries or death.

One neigh­bour, Ri­nus Weenink, did in­di­cate to po­lice that he drove past the Kruger res­i­dence just af­ter mid­night and no­ticed that the street­lights were off in the area. How­ever, Weenink added that he did not hear or see any­thing fur­ther.

Po­lice spokesper­son, Cap­tain Ole­bo­geng Tawana, yes­ter­day con­firmed that po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a case of house rob­bery fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent where a cou­ple was robbed of their be­long­ings when four sus­pects stormed into their res­i­dence in Kekewich Drive, Kim­ber­ley.

“The sus­pects fled the scene in an un­known di­rec­tion af­ter the in­ci­dent and we are re­quest­ing any per­son with in­for­ma­tion that could as­sist us to solve this case to con­tact the in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer, Con­sta­ble Itume­leng Frans, on 079 5111 626 or 053 8384 200,” Tawana said.

Mean­while, the owner of Top Se­cu­rity Sys­tems (TSS) in Kim­ber­ley, Phillip Hind­ley, said yes­ter­day that Kim­ber­ley has seen a re­cent in­crease in the num­ber of house­break­ing in­ci­dents, es­pe­cially at the res­i­dences of “soft tar­gets”.

He told the DFA that es­pe­cially the sub­urb of Hill­crest had ex­pe­ri­enced an in­creased num­ber of house­break­ings re­cently.

Hind­ley said that rob­bers were tar­get­ing old peo­ple, woman liv­ing alone and homes with­out se­cu­rity sys­tems.

“Peo­ple in Kim­ber­ley are still liv­ing like it is the seven­ties and do not re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate the true value of a se­cu­rity sys­tem be­fore it is too late,” he stated.

Hind­ley added that “crime would only get worse” and ad­vised res­i­dents to be ex­tra vig­i­lant.

“No rob­bery just hap­pens ran­domly. Rob­bers watch tar­geted res­i­dences very closely and know who lives there be­fore at­tack­ing,” he said.

The Kim­ber­ley Fly­ing Squad ar­rested two men on Satur­day fol­low­ing a house rob­bery in Klis­serville at around 2.45pm.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, the two male sus­pects en­tered the res­i­den­tial premises in Klis­serville and threat­ened a 27-year-old women with a knife. The men then fled with a lap­top and three cell­phones but were ar­rested min­utes later by the Kim­ber­ley Fry­ing Squad.

ARMED ROB­BERY SCENE: Danie van der Lith

The sec­ond armed rob­bery in a mat­ter of days in Mon­u­ment Heights took place yes­ter­day morn­ing. Pic­ture:

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