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Armed robbers allegedly target pedestrians in the Durban area

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Published May 12, 2022

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Durban - Armed robbers are allegedly targeting pedestrians walking in Umbilo.

That was according to information shared by Umbilo Community Policing Forum chairperson Calvin Thomas on the Umbilo Community Police Forum Facebook page.

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Thomas said the information he shared was from Umbilo SAPS.

“We appeal to the community to please avoid walking alone, especially in the early hours of the morning and late in the day. Armed robberies are ongoing on Umbilo Road, Rick Turner Road, King Dinuzulu Road, Klerk Road and Che Guevara Road. It is alleged that the suspects move in groups of three and four,” the information read.

“We advise pedestrians to walk in well-lit areas and to be aware of their surroundings (if you think you are being followed, go to a crowded area).”

“Do not carry large amounts of money and avoid carrying cellphones. If you observe suspicious people or activities, call the police to investigate.”

Recent incidents:

  • May 7, 2022: A pedestrian walking along King Dinuzulu Road was approached by three African men who pointed at him with a firearm. They searched him and took his cellphone and money. The complainant stopped a police vehicle and reported the case. One suspect was arrested for armed robbery.
  • May 9, 2022, at 10.50am: A 51-year-old man was walking under Rossburgh Bridge in Rossburgh. According to the complainant, he was approached by three African men. They threatened him with a knife and took two cellphones, cash and a firearm.
  • May 9, 2022, around 6.50am: Robbery with a weapon other than a firearm. This happened around 06.50, next to Khuzimpi Shezi Road. According to the complainant, three African men came from behind and pointed at him with a knife. It is alleged that the suspects took his wallet, cellphone and driver's licence.

Thomas added that he had not received any complaints. However, victims could have reported it to their neighbourhood WhatsApp groups or Sector One, where many of the incidents were from.

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