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KZN cops nab four for hijacking

November 4 2015 at 09:02pm
By ANA Reporter                                           Durban – Police in KwaZulu-Natal have arrested four alleged car hijackers after a fire1308735671fight in which one suspect was wounded.

Police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said that on Wednesday at about 9am, members of the police were conducting patrols in the Shallcross area when they heard reports about a hijacked vehicle in the area.

“They immediately proceeded to Burlington Drive where they intercepted the hijacked vehicle, a white Hyundai,”Zwane said. “The suspects fled with the vehicle into St Wendolins, Mariannhill.”

Police radioed for further assistance and police from Malvern responded and intercepted the hijacked vehicle on Ukuthuna Road, St Wendolins.

“The suspects fired at police and police retaliated. The suspects crashed the hijacked vehicle and fled into a nearby house. One suspect sustained a gunshot wound to the leg.

“Police K9 rendered assistance at the scene and a further three suspects were arrested, aged between 20 and 25 years. Three suspects were taken to a local hospital for treatment and one suspect detained at SAPS Chatsworth.”

Police also seized cartons of cigarettes with an estimated value of R60,000 in the white Hyundai while one Glock pistol was also recovered at the scene and seized by the police.

“Upon further investigation, police established that a vehicle, a VW Caddy, belonging to British American Tobacco Company was hijacked by the suspects on Burlington Road, Shallcross. It is alleged that the suspects transferred the cigarettes from the VW Caddy into the white Hyundai.

“Investigations revealed that the white Hyundai was taken in a carjacking during October 2015 in the Chatsworth policing precinct.”

The VW Caddy was later found abandoned at Balington.

One of the suspects, a 22-year-old, had previously been arrested for carjacking. Two weeks ago, the suspect had been released on bail by the Umzinto Magistrates’ Court.

Zwane said three suspects were under hospital guard. They would appear in the Chatsworth Magistrates’ Court soon.

“The swift reaction of the vigilant members and the arrest of the suspects is commended. The recovered firearm will be taken to ballistics to determine if it was used in any commission of crime in the country,” said KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye.

KZN woman sends burglar flying

421524895815 October 2015 at 5:50pm

Durban – A Waterfall woman used a burglar guard to fend off a housebreaker, whacking him until he fell out of the window.

In the past few months, Durban women have taken the fight to burglars.

Renette Edwards used a samurai sword in Morningside, and Jennifer Harris of Glenwood pushed a burglar off a ledge from her second-floor flat.

This time, Michele Mayer struck the burglar several times with the burglar guard.

Mayer, 49, and her daughter Chelsea, 10, were asleep in their bedroom. She heard two bangs and awoke with a shock.

She grabbed her glasses and noticed the curtain was moving.

Initially she thought the wind had blown the window open. She then caught the shape of a person under the curtain and instinct kicked in.

“A screw was holding the burglar guard on to the window frame, which delayed him. I started screaming and lunged at the curtain. He was trying to push me in. I was pushing him out. We were both on either side of the burglar guard. The screw holding it came loose.

“The next moment I was holding the burglar guard in my hand. I went wild. I whacked him until he fell out of the window. I mustered up some supernatural strength,” Mayer said. Chelsea sat up in bed, shocked, watching her mother fight. To add to their nightmare, at the same time, they heard the window break in the lounge.

A second burglar was trying to get in through the lounge window.

He put his hand through and took a vase and computer monitor from the table. The men also took a bicycle from outside the house and skipped over a fence.

Although the incident happened late on Sunday night, the family are still shaken by the ordeal and sleep together in one room.

Mayer and Chelsea are undergoing trauma counselling.

Mayer is nursing bruises to her legs and arms, and cuts on her palm.

Her husband, Mervyn, was not home at the time. He urged people to take a stand and fight crime.

“If she stood back, what would have happened next? They could have been harmed. There is a list of possible scenarios.

“Chelsea is still in fear. She won’t go to the next room without us being there. We refuse to live in fear. This is our home,” he said.

Hillcrest police are investigating a case of housebreaking and theft.

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