Truck driving thieves make off with trailers, containers in Amanzimtoti

A gang of brazen armed robbers who were driving trucks stole trailers and containers from an Amanzimtoti business premises in the early hours of Sunday morning, 5 August.

Blue Security spokesman Andreas Mathios said four armed robbers arrived at the Aarden Place premises just after midnight. “They entered the premises in their own trucks and hitched up two trailers which had containers on them. They fled the scene with the trailers and containers. No injuries were reported,” said Mathios.

The SAPS Durban South K9 unit responded to the scene.

Mathios said brazen housebreakers burgled a home in broad daylight in Wade Road at about 11am on Thursday, 2 August and the following day, an intruder was again detected at the premises. “The housebreakers forced open the front door and security gate and fled with a flat screen television. The next day the resident spotted a trespasser on the property at about 11am and pressed the panic alarm, which frightened the suspect, who fled without getting a chance to steal anything.”

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Mathios said that while it was not clear at this stage whether the intruder was linked to the earlier housebreaking, criminals did sometimes strike twice not long after hitting a property. “Criminals usually wait until residents may have claimed from insurance to replace stolen goods before striking again, so it is important to reassess your home security if you have had a burglary because the burglars will now be familiar with any weak points in your home,” said Mathios.

He advised residents to beef up security, preferably before an incident, and to consider installing external beams and an electric fence connected to the house alarm for an early warning system.

READ ALSO: CCPO nabs wanted housebreakers

Several other burglaries were reported in Len Armitage Lane, where jewellery and a watch were stolen by an intruder who accessed a bedroom through an open window, in Swales Road in Warner Beach and in Entombeni Road where two housebreakings occurred.

 

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