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Bryanston Homeowner Shoots and Kills Armed Burglar

Bryanston Homeowner Shoots and Kills Armed Burglar

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We’re happy to announce that MX40 has had another crime-free month!

As always, we’ve collated the crime reports from neighbouring suburbs that we are up-to-date and aware of what is going on around us. Forewarned is forearmed!

IN BRIEF:

  1. Bryanston Homeowner Shoots and Kills Armed Burglar
  2. Sandton Sexual Predator Out On Bail
  3. Three William Nicol/ Republic armed robbery suspects arrested 
  4. Airport follow-homes on the rise

Bryanston Homeowner Shoots and Kills Armed Burglar

It’s every homeowner’s worst nightmare – waking up to find armed burglars already in your house.

Yet this is exactly what happened to a local Bryanston resident who does not want to be named.

According to the police, the owner woke up last Thursday evening to find four males in his house, at least one of which was armed. The suspect shot at him, and he immediately returned fire with his license firearm.

Several shots were fired, and one suspect (believed to be in his 20s) was fatally injured. The remaining three suspects managed to escape.

The 50-year old homeowner was taken to hospital where he was treated for shock, but had no visible injuries.

An unlicensed firearm was recovered at the scene by police.

Sandton Sexual Predator Out On Bail

Bryanston High School has confirmed a 33-year old teacher was suspended and arrested on Thursday 17 January. The allegations include sexually assaulting pupils in 2017 and 2018 during “netball matches and school outings“.

Various reports cite THREE girls coming forward, however Sandton SAPS spokesman Captain Granville Meyer said that only one person has opened a formal complaint over allegations of sexual assault.

The teacher also faces charges of financial mismanagement.

The teacher appeared in court on Thursday 17 January. The case was postponed to Tuesday 12 March.

 

Three William Nicol/ Republic armed robbery suspects arrested (Tuesday 15 January)

The William Nicol/ Republic intersection is notorious for armed robberies. Police have, however, successfully arrested three suspects immediately following an armed robbery. A toy gunknives and stolen cell phone were recovered.

Sunset is a particularly bad time when office commuters are stuck in gridlocked traffic, making them “sitting ducks” for quick and efficient armed robberies.

Cellphonesjewellerylaptops and handbags are often taken – whatever is easiest to grab for a quick getaway.

Police have mentioned before that toy guns are believed to be used in a number of these robberies but that it’s best to comply rather than risk your life.

That being said, it’s important to make yourself LESS of a target by keeping valuables out of sight in the boot. It really is as simple as that.

Airport follow-homes on the rise

The follow-home robbery of a Turkish Airlines flight crew in Sandton in January is just ONE of many airport follow-home robberies in the past few weeks.

The crew was robbed in a shuttle bus while stopped at traffic lights in Sandton.

Additional follow-home robberies have been reported in Robertsham when a victim was shot in the arm.

A third incident happened nearby the Mall of Africa, while a foreigner was held up at a guest house in Kempton Park.

The surge in follow-home robberies is thought to be linked to the police crackdown on CIT (Cash In Transit) heists. Gangs are now switching to this relatively low-risk form of robbery en route from the airport.

They are believed to be heavily armed and dangerous.

Click here for tips on how to avoid being the victim of a follow-home crime.

 

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