Durban - Gangs of armed robbers held children hostage as they ransacked two upmarket Durban properties on Thursday for jewellery and valuables. One was the residence of the Indian consul-general in Morningside.
The home of the Indian consul-general, Morningside
Police said they were investigating a raid by an armed gang a the home of Dr Shashank Vikram yesterday.
It is alleged that an armed gang derailed the gate and stormed onto the property at 4pm.
Dr Vikram was not home at the time. His wife, Dr Megha Singh, their two children, aged 5 and 10, and an au pair were in the house.
Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane said: "Vikram’s 5-year-old son was reportedly held by one of the robbers while the men ransacked the house and threatened Vikram’s family with a gun. Jewellery was taken and the suspects fled. No arrests have been made at this stage."
Addison Drive, La Lucia
In a second incident a ten-year-old boy during a home invasion in La Lucia yesterday.
Blue Security community and media liaison officer Andreas Mathios said six armed robbers had tampered with the driveway gate and motor to gain entry into the property in Addison Drive at about 5.40pm.
“The suspects then forced open the door to the house and held up the domestic worker and children. They threatened and assaulted the resident’s ten-year-old son, demanding that he show them where the safe was located,” he said.
“The gang forced open the safe and removed jewellery. They fled the scene with the jewellery and a DVR,” he said.
Durban North SAPS were at the scene and the Durban North crisis team was called to assist the traumatised children.
Earlier this week
Earlier this week two children locked themselves in a bedroom while and armed gang raided their home in Durban North.
Marshall Security spokesman Kyle van Reenen said seven armed suspects derailed a driveway gate to a home in Kenneth Kaunda (Northway), before forcing entry into the home by breaking a security door and gate with a crowbar. "The home-owner's children were home and locked themselves in a bedroom while the men ransacked the house, making off with undisclosed items," van Reenen said. "Before the suspects could flee, the homeowner returned home. Noticing his driveway gate open, the man suspected the worst and was confronted by an armed suspect. The homeowner and his daughter who was in the vehicle with him at the time, fled on foot for safety, while the suspects fled the home towards Blackburn Road.
"A neighbour who witnessed the incident, gave chase, pursuing the vehicle to the intersection of Kenneth Kaunda and Swapo (Broadway), where the suspects fired a shot at him. The vehicle fled towards Chris Hani (North Coast) Road."
Van Reenen said there were no injuries, but the victims were traumatise
d and the Durban North Umhlanga Crisis Team counselled them.
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