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Minors arrested for alleged armed robbery in Killarney

Rosebank Killarney Gazette

by Shanice Naidoo

KILLARNEY – Three suspects have been arrested for armed robbery on 6 July.

The three suspects that were arrested in Killarney by Hillbrow police for alleged armed robbery.

Three suspects have been arrested by Hillbrow police for allegedly terrorising the Killarney community over the past few days, said Vision Tactical director Yaseen Theba.

“Over the past few days, we received reports that young children in the Killarney area were being harassed by a group of thugs that were allegedly robbing them of cell phones and money. Some domestics workers and gardeners also confirmed that the suspects were young and not from the area,” explained Theba.

On 6 July a group of young boys ran into the park terrified after their money and phones were taken. The incident took place on 3rd and 2nd Avenue in Killarney.

The spokesperson for Hillbrow Police Station Sergeant Mduduzi Zondo confirmed that the incident had in fact taken place at around 1 pm and that some of the suspects that were arrested are still minors. He also confirmed that a stolen cellphone was recovered and that one suspect allegedly had a knife with him.

The young victims approached the Vision Tactical park safety ambassador and reported that the suspects had threatened to shoot and stab them if they didn’t hand over their phones and cash. The group of young boys were on their way to play in the park when they were approached by the suspects in the vicinity of the park.

Vision Tactical park safety ambassador Eric Minnie, whose quick response resulted in the apprehension of three alleged robbers in the Killarney area.

“The park safety ambassador immediately communicated with other Vision Tactical guards in the area and gave them a description of the suspects. They were spotted running towards the Wilds and the guards chased them,” added Theba.

The guards were backed up by the Tactical team. When members of the Vision Tactical team searched the suspects they allegedly found a knife, cash and the stolen phone.

Zondo said the suspects have not been linked to any cases at this stage, but police are currently investigating claims that the suspects were involved in other robberies.


An accolade for work well done

KILLARNEY – The residents’ association wins an award for excellent work done on 4th Street.

The Killarney-Riviera Association, together with members of the community, have made the park on 4th Street desirable.

The new Killarney-Riviera Association was recently honoured by the South African Planning Institute with a National Planning Award for the revamped park situated on 4th street.

The association, together with some members of the community, put their heads and hands together to plant trees, install a netball post, a jungle gym and a sandpit to make the park desirable.

“The award was in recognition of the efforts over the years to improve our public spaces, in particular, our adoption of the municipal park in 4th street,” said Wayne Ford, chairman of the Killarney-Riviera Association.

“The jungle gym and sandpit were paid for with donations received from residents specifically for this purpose, and the netball post was funded with a donation from the Killarney Mall. We are seeking to expand the playground further,” Ford added.

According to the chairman, Nomsa Nene Properties, an estate agency which specialises in the area, sponsored the building of a drinking fountain with a basin for pets and Drew Lindsay, a Johannesburg-based artist, added artwork.

Ward 73 councillor, Mia Snyman praised the association for the award and their hard work to turn the park into a fun space. She said the park was now a calm, beautiful and interesting place for adults to meet, read and relax. “The enthusiasm and commitment have been impeccable. I will make sure that City Parks plays its part to maintain the park.”

Treasurer of the South African Planning Institute, Aurobindo Ogra awards Wayne Ford, chairman of the Killarney-Riviera Association with a planning award for the revamps done at the park on 4th Street.

Ford said they had embarked on a number of projects to ensure that the park remains in excellent condition. These include having a gardener in the park, which is sponsored by Pam Golding Properties and a park ambassador sponsored by Vision Tactical Security who ensures the safety and peace of mind in the park.

“We also hire a street sweeper who cleans the main pedestrian routes in the area five days a week,” said Ford.

“In addition, we are continually in communication with the ward councillors, and with the various municipal departments and the police, to maintain and improve infrastructure and to improve security and the enforcement of the bylaws.”

Chocolate thieves nabbed

KILLARNEY – Two suspects arrested following recovery of a hijacked Nestle truck.

Two men will appear in court after a truck was hijacked in Kempton Park on 22 June.

According to Yaseen Theba of Vision Tactical Armed Response, the Nestle truck was reported stolen by a tracking company on the morning of 22 June and its signal was picked up in the Killarney, Yeoville and Houghton areas.

Hours later, the missing truck was recovered on the corner of 2nd Avenue and 3rd Street in Killarney. Theba said the contents of the truck had been offloaded and only some wrappings of the stolen chocolates remained in the truck.

“Our guys were able to locate the truck in less than 30 seconds of the call because of high density in those areas,” said Theba.

Vision Tactical Armed Response is at the scene of the crime.

Vision Tactical Armed Response is at the scene of the crime.

In a statement, Metro police’s Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar confirmed the arrest of two suspects.

Minnaar said, “Metro police officers discovered chocolates at a house in Lenasia Ext 9 on 25 June. These chocolates were suspected to have been removed from the Nestle truck found abandoned in Killarney on Thursday.

“More information led officers to a house in Kew where some more chocolates were found, as well as a machine which was used to change the expiry date on chocolates and on Red Bull cans.”

Two suspects have been charged with theft and hijacking

“The men will likely appear in court on 27 June for the theft of chocolates worth thousands of rands,” said Minnaar.”

The one suspect will appear in Lenasia Magistrates’ Court and the other in Wynberg Magistrates’ Court.

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