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Breakthrough in Blyvoor house robberies

Police suspect that the suspects were involved in various other cases as well.

Hard-working Carletonville detectives arrested two suspects in connection with several ongoing house robberies that have recently left Blyvooruitzicht residents in fear.

Blyvoor was the scene of several house robberies again last week, including on Wednesday, 15 May.

A woman (44) from 9th Avenue was watching a church programme on her cell phone in her room at about 21:45 when she heard a male voice at her neighbour’s house.

“Is everything okay?” she asked.

When the man replied that it was, the woman returned to her room.

Suddenly, she heard someone jumping over her wall. The next moment, the intruder kicked her door open. The robber, who spoke English, wore a balaclava and demanded money. He grabbed the woman’s cell phone and television.

Neighbours later told the police they heard someone driving away.
At about 22:30 that night, a 49-year-old resident of 11th Avenue was asleep in his room when two thugs kicked his door open.

One had a handgun, and the other a panga. Both wore balaclavas and spoke English.

They forced him to the floor, demanding money.

The robbers grabbed three cell phones, a plasma television and cash and ran away.

Police later determined they had entered the house by forcing the kitchen door open.

Carletonville detectives Captain Jacques Nagel, WO Claudia Buthelezi and Sgt Thabo Kharejane immediately started investigating the robberies. They traced two suspects, both Blyvoor residents, in connection with the crimes around 11:00 on Saturday, 18 May. One of the suspects is only a teenager, while the other was out on bail in a murder case of 2005.

The police found a blank firearm, two plasma televisions, four cell phones, and a panga and a balaclava in their possession.

Both were to appear in court this week. Further investigation revealed that the same two thugs were also involved in several other house robberies in Blyvoor.

On 4 May, a resident of 3rd Avenue was downloading applications on his new cell phone before going to sleep around midnight. He had just fallen asleep when the two robbers, this time speaking Xhosa and wearing balaclavas and gloves, broke his door open and stormed into his room. They covered him with a blanket and started looking for valuables. Luckily, his two children did not wake up.

When the thugs could not find money, they threatened to cut the man’s finger off. He then went to his car to try and draw money, but the car would not start. The robbers fled with just the money in the car. The victim believes this was the second time these thugs had robbed him.

The police also linked the suspects to a robbery on 6th Avenue on 5 May, where they robbed a resident of his money and cell phone. They kicked down the door where two children were sleeping and demanded cash and cell phones before fleeing. They are also linked to a housebreaking at Cherry Lodge in Blyvoor on 5 May.

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