An Umgeni Park family escaped a home invasion unscathed after brave neighbours chased the balaclava-clad robbers away by pulling up outside their house and hooting repeatedly, earlier this week.
Community and media liaison officer of Blue Security, Andreas Mathios said the resident arrived home and pulled into the driveway of his property in Buckleigh Place at around 4:50pm.
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The resident didn’t notice anyone near his property when he drove in.
After greeting his family, he tried to close the driveway gate but it wouldn’t shut, and two men wearing balaclavas and armed with what appeared to be shotguns or rifles appeared at the gate.
“A further three balaclava-clad suspects, armed with firearms and crowbars, ran into the property,” said Mathios.
The suspects forced the resident and his wife and children into the house where they demanded cash and jewellery and to know where the safe was kept.
“A vigilant neighbour drove past the house during the ordeal and noticed the armed suspects at the driveway gate. She drove to her home and informed a male neighbour, who then drove up to the victim’s home and started to repeatedly press his vehicle’s hooter to sound the alarm,” Mathios added.
The suspects ran out of the house and jumped into a white Mercedes Benz A Class.
“They fled the scene with cash and jewellery. Fortunately, no injuries were reported,” he added.
Greenwood Park SAPS and the chairman of the Community Policing Forum attended the scene of the crime.
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