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Frail Care home robbed during load shedding in Port Elizabeth

Oct 18, 2019
Frail Care home robbed during load shedding in Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth - Mount Road Detective Trio Task team are investigating a case of house robbery after a frail care centre was robbed minutes after the lights went out during load shedding.

"It is alleged that on Thursday, at approximately 20:10, the 76-year-old complainant, who is residing at the frail care home in Lakeside Road in Chelsea, Port Elizabeth, opened the door to let the dog go outside," said police spokesperson, Capt Sandra Janse van Rensburg.

"She was confronted by four suspects armed with a iron bar and a firearm and forced her back into the house.

"The suspects demanded money and went to three other rooms of the residents and took cash and two cell phones.

"The suspects fled of foot and no one was injured during the robbery."

Capt van Rensburg said that police is urging residents especially Care Centres to be vigilant at night during load shedding.

"Always be prepared and know the scheduled times when one is going to be affected. Keep doors and windows closed and don’t answer to anyone you are not expecting. Try to complete chores and errands prior to the lights going out."

Anyone who can assist police in tracing the suspects, may contact Kabega Park police station on 041 397 6800 or D/Sgt Laeeq Weitz 071 475 1614.

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