Brazen bur­glars use pep­per spray


WHEN Ray­mond Naidoo’s Mere­bank premises were bur­gled on Satur­day night, for the third time in the past year, he be­gan to won­der about the lev­els of crime in his sub­urb.

On Satur­day, four bur­glars ca­su­ally walked passed him car­ry­ing a tele­vi­sion set and other valu­ables, he said, and then used pep­per spray on him.

They had helped them­selves to the goods from his out­build­ing, oc­cu­pied by his sis­ter, Mimie Govender, and her hus­band, Jay.

Naidoo, a 54-year-old busi­ness­man, lives in the main house with his wife, Vasie, 55, and 6-year-old adopted son, Onke.

Fol­low­ing the third break-in, he has now taken it upon him­self to start a neigh­bour­hood watch.

“Mimie and Jay were not at home. My wife was in our kitchen and she raised the alarm when she saw two men walk­ing near the out­build­ing,” he said.

Naidoo said he went out­side to check.

“As I walked to­wards the out­build­ing I saw two men com­ing out of a side en­trance to the home. They ig­nored me and mut­tered some­thing in Zulu. Sec­onds later, two other men walked out of the home car­ry­ing the tele­vi­sion set and other valu­ables.”

Naidoo said he was shocked.

He fol­lowed the men, as they ca­su­ally walked out of his prop­erty to their getaway ve­hi­cle, a Kia SUV.

“Just be­fore they got into a ve­hi­cle, a sus­pect who saw me fol­low­ing them turned around and sprayed my eyes with pep­per spray.”

Naidoo said he felt a burn­ing sen­sa­tion in his eyes as he heard the men drive off.

“I was com­pletely blinded. My wife rushed to my aid. We called the po­lice and they took over an hour to re­spond.”

Naidoo claimed that when the of­fi­cers ar­rived they showed no sym­pa­thy.

“I asked them to leave with­out re­port­ing the mat­ter. The next day I con­tacted Went­worth SAPS and laid a com­plaint with a colonel.”

Naidoo said be­cause of his ex­pe­ri­ence with the po­lice, he planned to form a neigh­bour­hood watch.

Po­lice spokesper­son Cap­tain Nqo­bile Gwala said the case had not been re­ported to the SAPS.

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