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Manhunt launched after brazen robbery at Joubertina farm

Jul 20, 2018
Manhunt launched after brazen robbery at Joubertina farm

The expertise and assistance of various SAPS role-players was roped in on Friday, to assist with the tracing of suspects involved in a house robbery that took place on a farm in the Joubertina area.  

"It is alleged that a couple,  a 50-years-old man and his 45-year-old wife, were inside their caretakers home in Joubertina on Thursday night, at about 19:00, when they noticed an unknown male breaking their bedroom window and climbing through it," described police spokesperson, Captain Gerda Swart.

"It is further alleged that three other unknown suspects broke down their bedroom door. 

"One of the suspects was armed with a knife and threatened the couple."

Apparently, the suspects accosted the 50-year-old man to the main house, where they took electronic appliances - TV’s, a microwave, etc), groceries and solar panels. 

"They returned to the caretaker's home at about 03:00 on Friday morning," she said. 

"During the robbery, they assaulted the husband.  The suspects demanded the keys of a white Toyota Hilux and drove off with it after they tied the couple up."

The wife managed to free herself at about 06:00, on Friday morning and walked to a neighbouring farm to alert the authorities.

"Detectives were summoned to the scene and are currently following up on all possible leads," Capt Swart said. 

"Police are investigating a case of house robbery and more charges may be added at a later stage. The couple were not seriously injured. Anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of the suspects is urged to contact the investigating officer Detective Sergeant Mike Ramoshaba on 073 662 2649 or SAPS Joubertina on 042 279 1600."

She said that the SAPS wants to encourage the community to work with the SAPS in reducing crime and they appeal to the community to provide valuable information that will lead to the arrest of those involved in crime. 

"Reject and report all stolen property to the SAPS. Let us share information and support each other in the fight against crime. Crime Stop 08600 10111 or Crime Line SMS 32211."