Lethiwe Makhanya
Journalist
1 minute read
22 Jun 2022
11:05

Arrests in student accommodation robbery, Pietermaritzburg

Lethiwe Makhanya

Two robbery suspects aged 24 and 28 are expected to appear in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court today following a robbery that took place at a students’ accommodation on Alexandra Road.

Two robbery suspects aged 24 and 28 are expected to appear in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court today following a robbery that took place at a students’ accommodation on Alexandra Road.

The incident happened on Monday and one suspect was arrested the same day while the second was arrested on Tuesday after being found in a possession of stolen items.

Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Sergeant Sifiso Gwala said the incident happened at around 8pm on Monday.

He said three suspects were involved.

“One of the three males went to the security guard and posed as a brother of one of the students who lives inside the apartment.

“He asked for permission from the security to go inside the property but the security guard instructed him to wait at the gate, while the security guard goes to call the person he is looking for,” he said.

He said the man then said he was going to buy airtime and he came back with two unknown men.

“They then pointed a firearm at the security guard and forced him to take them to one of the student’s rooms.

“They knocked on the first room and stole four cellphones and went to another one where they stole three laptops and a two way hand radio and fled the scene.”

Gwala said after receiving the crime report, a team was put together and arrests were made. However, police are still looking for the third suspect.

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