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PE woman and a family robbed in their homes, police warn public about buying stolen items

Nov 14, 2018
PE woman and a family robbed in their homes, police warn public about buying stolen items

Police in Port Elizabeth have sent out a stern warning to the public that buying suspected stolen property is an offence and they may be arrested and charged if found in possession of such property.

"This alert is issued after police noticed that electronic equipment mainly TV’s, laptops, Ipads and cellphones are being stolen by criminals who break into residential premises or enter property while the owners are at home and are robbed," said police spokesperson, Col Proscilla Naidu.

"During the early hours of this morning, in separate incidents, three TV’s, three cellphones, a laptop and an Ipad including jewellery was taken by robbers who entered the homes of residents and robbed them."

Robbery incidents in Port Elizabeth

She said that in the first incident, at about 01:00 on Wednesday morning, a 43-year-old complainant was awakened by noises inside her house in Seaview, Port Elizabeth.

"Two unknown males threatened her with a knife and took three TV’s, a laptop and two cellphones," Col Naidu said.

"It is alleged that entry was gained by forcing a sliding door opened."

She said that in the second incident, at about 02:00, a 39-year-old complainant and his family was also held at knife point after three unknown males entered their home in Lorraine, Port Elizabeth.

"The complainant’s wife also woke up to noises and when she went to investigate, she was confronted by the three males and shoved into the bedroom and they were tied up," Col Naidu.

"The suspects stole an iPad, cellphone and various items of jewellery. It is alleged that entry was gained by opening the back door through an open window."

She said that police are urging second hand dealers and pawn shops to immediately alert them as soon as anyone comes in to sell a TV or other items that may appear suspicious.

"At the same time, the community is advised to reject any goods that they may suspect to have been stolen and immediately report the matter to the police," Col Naidu.

"Never buy expensive goods at bargain prices from dealers with dubious credentials or from any unknown person. Homeowners are also advised never to leave door keys hanging in the door. This makes for easy access into the house."

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