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Armed robberies continue to plague Newcastillians, with residents now being targeted by gun-wielding criminals in the CBD.
This follows an incident outside Cambridge Food, Scott Street, whereby SAPS Corporate Communications and Liaison Officer, Lizzy Arumugam explains that on 4 February 2021, a woman was approached by three men, who demanded she open her handbag for them as they wanted her money. “She told them she does not have any money.” However, this did not deter the men from their task, with one of the men pulling out a firearm, pointing it at her.
Despite the area being a popular shopping destination for Newcastillians, the men continued demanding she opens her bag.
Looking down the barrel of a firearm, the woman succumbed to the suspects’ demands. The men stole her SASSA card, before fleeing the scene. While police investigations are underway, this is not the only armed robbery taking place this past week.
Newcastle Police are also investigating a case of robbery which took place on Harding Street on the evening of 1 February 2021. Whereby the victim allegedly stopped to urinate. Upon returning to his vehicle, Arumugam explains he was approached by five men, two of whom were armed with knives.
After threatening him, they proceeded to search both him and his car for valuables. The suspects escaped with his wallet and laptop.
As previously reported, opportunistic criminals are preying on motorists’ parked cars in Newcastle’s CBD, and the problem appears to be developing. This comes with even more cases being opened.
On 1 February 2021, a vehicle was targeted while parked on Scott Street. The motorist had allegedly put his groceries on the back of his bakkie and left his vehicle unattended, being an unadvisable decision. This saw the man returning to his vehicle with the groceries now gone.
Following this, a resident from Utrecht was targeted by opportunistic fiends after parking his car on Voor Street on 4 February 2021. After conducting personal business in the area, the motorist received a nasty shock upon returning to his vehicle. His spare tyre had been stolen.
In a similar fashion; in Kirkland Street, Newcastle, a motorist’s toolbox was stolen from the back of his bakkie on 4 February 2021.
As armed robbers and other thieves increase their presence, Newcastillians are being encouraged to practise caution when in the CBD. However, Arumugam highlights that police will be patrolling problematic areas in town.
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