Phoney cops hijack Uber taxi

The identikit of one of the men who robbed The Bread Bin store in Brooklyn.

On Saturday August 20 shortly before noon, a Table View resident who was getting a ride from an Uber driver to deposit money at a bank was accosted by four armed men posing as policemen at the corner of Gill and Sprigg roads.

When the resident noticed that the bank was closed he asked the Uber driver to take him back home. The two men were very near to the house when they were ambushed by the four robbers.

The men held the Uber driver and his passenger at gunpoint and instructed them to hand over all their belongings, before demanding that they get out of the vehicle.

They then took the Uber driver’s white VW Polo, as well as the money the passenger was hoping to deposit, and fled in the hi-jacked vehicle and their own small silver car.

“No shots were fired and no one was injured. The victims were offered victim support at the scene by SAPS employees.

“Anyone with information, or who might have witnessed the incident, is asked to contact Table View police station on 021 521 3300 or Crime Stop at 08600 10111,” said Table View police spokeswoman Captain Adriana Chandler.

* On Tuesday August 9, a complaint about a break-in at a business in 4th Street, Montague Gardens, led to the arrest of two men.

The business owner reported the break-in to the police and said that he had closed up on Monday August 8. However, the following morning he noticed that the property had been burgled and a truck, tools and a laptop had been stolen.

Warrant Officer Joe Scheepers who interviewed the owner identified one of the ex-employees as the main suspect.

“The suspect was taken in for questioning and after interrogation he led the investigation team to a house in Maitland where the second suspect was apprehended,” said Milnerton police spokeswoman Warrant Officer Daphne O’Reilly.

“The suspects pointed out various locations where the stolen goods were recovered. Both were arrested and taken into custody.”

The men, aged 28 and 50, appeared in court and the case was postponed for further investigation.

* A 24-year-old man has been sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment for the fatal stabbing of Dunoon resident Lungisa Bobo, 34, last year.

On Sunday October 18 last year Mr Bobo was enjoying a few drinks with his friends when an argument broke out. Mr Bobo was stabbed twice in the chest by Xolani Nohentshana, who then fled the scene.

“When emergency services arrived at the scene, they declared Mr Bobo dead. The suspect handed himself over to SAPS the following day,” said Warrant Officer O’Reilly.

Nohentshana was convicted and sentencing in his case was handed down last week.

* On Wednesday July 20, a worker at The Bread Bin shop on the corner of Justin and Da Gama streets in Brooklyn was accosted by two men at gunpoint.

The men who were wearing blue overalls told the worker to stay put while the one with the gun, walked behind the counter and forced the worker to lay on the floor.

The gunman filled a blue municipal plastic bag with the money from the till and cigarettes to the value of R3 000 before the two men calmly left the store.

No shots were fired and no injuries were sustained by the victim.

A case of business robbery was opened and is still under investigation by the Serious and Violent Crimes Unit at Milnerton SAPS.

If anyone recognises the suspect contact the investigating officer, Warrant Officer Jacques Kussel, on 0798941637.