Cops show no love to tricksters

The owner of a jewellery manufacturing business in the Sanlam Business Park, Montague Gardens, was robbed at gunpoint of a bag with R5 million in jewellery on Monday July 11, according to the police.

Two armed men held up the owner as he got out of his car at his business, at 8.30am, and demanded the bag, said Milnerton police spokeswoman Warrant Officer Daphne O’Reilly

The owner’s sister, seeing what was happening from inside the store, rushed outside and pointed her gun at the men as they held her brother at gunpoint. The robbers shot the owner in his hand and his sister in the neck before taking her firearm and the jewellery and fleeing. The injured owner and his sister were taken to hospital.

* On Thursday July 7, in Burgundy Estate, the Hawks arrested a 31-year-old woman and her husband, along with four accomplices in Summer Greens for committing online dating fraud in Cape Town, allegedly conning people out of hundreds of thousands of rands.

Hawks spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Robert Netshiunda, said they launched their investigation after seven victims came forward individually to report being conned. Together they had lost about R400 000.

“The scammers targeted unsuspecting women. The suspects would create fake accounts on dating sites to lure women. Then they would chat with them for a while before starting to come up with scenarios in which the women transfer money to the banking details they provided,” said Lieutenant Colonel Netshiunda

Lieutenant Colonel Netshiunda said the woman had been found with R50 000 in cash when she was arrested.

“All women who have been victims of online dating scams are urged to come forward so that their matters could also be investigated,” said Lieutenant Colonel Netshiunda who asked to be contacted on 071 481 3507 for enquiries.

* Two masked gunmen tied up two security guards at West Coast Village, in Sunningdale, early on Monday, July 4 before breaking into a Nedbank ATM.

The two men were joined by six accomplices who communicated using hand radios. Six men tackled the ATM taking an unknown amount of cash, while two stood watch over the guards.

“It is unknown if they used a vehicle, but at 5.30am the victims got the attention of a passer-by, who contacted Table View SAPS. When police arrived at the scene, they cut the cable ties and the men were set free,” said Table View police spokesman Captain Adriana Chandler.

Anyone with information, can call Table View police at 021 521 3300.

* Also on Monday, at about the same time, a security firm alerted Table View police officer Sergeant Rowan Dowie to a burglary in progress at Grenada Close, in Big Bay. At the address, Sergeant Dowie found Star Alarms officers chasing a man, who was caught and handed over to the police.

“The suspect forced his way into the home through the sliding doors while the owners were out, and arranged all the items he was hoping to claim for himself near the exit. He activated the silent alarm at the premises which alerted Star Alarms, who responded swiftly,” said Captain Adriana Chandler.