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Citizens arrest alleged robbers

Published Jan 21, 2013

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Johannesburg - The Meyerton community closed down the town at the weekend to search for and catch five men who tried to break into a house while a woman and her children were at home, it was reported on Monday.

“My children and I were alone at home when a the dogs went crazy outside. I went to investigate and found five men at the front door, each with a tool in his hand,” the woman, who did not want to be named, told Beeld.

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“I screamed at them, but they ignored me, and carried on trying to break the security door down,” she said.

She called her husband, who got there just as the robbers were driving away. He chased them and crashed into their car. They ran away.

The woman then called her local community policing forum.

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“All the community policing forums in Meyerton reacted,” said Riette McKenzie, a spokeswoman for the Golfpark community policing branch.

People formed search party lines in the streets and closed off residential blocks until the robbers were found hiding in the veld. - Sapa

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