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Elderly couple from Cape Town robbed at gunpoint in their Addo cottage

Aug 20, 2018
Elderly couple from Cape Town robbed at gunpoint in their Addo cottage

The South African Police Service in Addo in conjunction with detectives from the Uitenhage Cluster Operational Command Centre have launched a manhunt for four suspects, who allegedly robbed an elderly couple, that are originally from Cape Town, in the early hours of Monday morning.
 
"It is alleged that security officers responded to an alarm at a business premises that is situated next to the R335 (Addo) at about 00:35, this morning. Upon arrival, the security officials heard the sound of a car alarm and investigated," said police spokesperson, Captain Gerda Swart. 

"The security officials found a couple (both in their 80’s) locked inside their cottage after it was allegedly burgled. 

"It is alleged that four armed suspects entered the cottage through an unlocked door, the suspects threatened the couple with firearms and demanded cash and cellphones."

She said that the suspects then went to the vehicle and removed items from the vehicle and fled on foot from the scene with the couples car keys, an undisclosed amount of cash, camera and cellphones. 

"Uitenhage Cluster detectives are investigating a case of house robbery and detectives are following up on all possible leads.  The couple did sustain injuries and were taken for medical treatment."
 
Capt Swart said that the South African Police Service appeal to business owners to be vigilant of any suspicious behaviour and to ensure they utilize the security measures that are in place. 

"Doors and windows must always be locked, especially during night time," she explained.   

"Anyone who might be able to assist with any information, may contact Detective Warrant Officer Wouter Verwey on 084 846 2273 or Crime Stop number 08600 10111."