Siyathemba Ben
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23 May 2012
00:00

Is five-minute gang back?

Siyathemba Ben

A BURGLARY gang with a similar modus operandi to the infamous “five-minute gang” has struck again. The copycat gang struck a home in Chase Valley on Wednesday afternoon ...

A BURGLARY gang with a similar modus operandi to the infamous “five-minute gang” has struck again. The copycat gang struck a home in Chase Valley on Wednesday afternoon.

The robbers were in and out of the house in less than five minutes and took a TV, video camera, jewellery, a safe and some money.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan confirmed the housebreaking.

The original gang, dubbed the “five-minute gang” for their efficiency at robbing homes, terrorised the city with a spate of house robberies.

Alleged members of the gang were arrested in 2008.

Janice Brisbane, owner of the house that was burgled, said some of the stolen goods had sentimental value.

“The video camera had some footage of recent holidays in Egypt and Cape Town. They also stole some important documents and my husband’s original birth certificate, which were in the safe.

“Those things are irreplaceable.”

Brisbane’s husband, who was at work at the time, was notified about the burglary by the security company. He then told his wife who was also not at home.

“There was no one in the house at the time. The security company was there within four-and-a-half minutes of the alarm going off.

“When they got to the house the gate was derailed and the sliding door was forced open.”

Police were called to the scene.

This is the first robbery at the couple’s home, and Janice Brisbane commended the police for their response.

“The police were very good and helpful,” she said.

In February The Witness reported that several homes around Chase Valley, Hilton, Montrose and Wembley had been burgled.

The burglaries had a similar modus operandi and the same efficiency as the “five-minute gang”, raising fears that the gang was back in action or that another gang was using the same tactics.

The gang is thought to comprise four men driving two luxury cars. They drive up to a house and ring the intercom; if there is no answer they derail the driveway gate, enter the premises and force open the doors.

They steal television sets, computers , DVD players, music systems and other electronic items, firearms, jewellery and cash.

Jeevan told The Witness that three similar incidents had been reported recently in the Chase Valley area.

“Police are inclined to believe that there is a possibility that it could be a gang … police are investigating,” she said.