Two house robberies in Despatch - SAPS

16:43 (GMT+2) Thu, 12 Jul 2018

Police are investigating two home invasions in Despatch on Thursday morning in which armed men ransacked the houses.

Police spokesperson, Sergeant Majola Nkohli, said that the first house robbery occurred at around 01:30 am.

“It is alleged that four men, two armed with firearms forced open a kitchen door of a house in Boom Street in Despatch. A couple that was asleep was woken by a sound of an opening door,” he said.

Nkohli said one of the suspects forced the victims at gunpoint to sit in one corner of a bedroom.

He said the other three men ransacked the house and stole a 32-inch plasma television set, laptop, tablet phone, three cell phones and bedding then the suspects fled the scene.

Nkholi said in a separate incident at around 3 am four men, some of them armed with firearms and a panga, forced open a sliding door of a house in Hanekom Drive also in Despatch.

“A homeowner and her son were held at gunpoint, while other suspects ransacked the house. The suspects stole a cell phone, tablet phone and a smart television set before fleeing the scene.

“The homeowner sustained a cut on the left arm after one of the suspects allegedly struck her with a panga. She was treated at the scene,” Nkohli said.

Police are urging anyone with information that could assist with their investigation in either of the two cases to contact the nearest police station or share information via Crime Stop 08600 10111.