2007-11-12 : Weekend crime rampage in Pretoria

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2007-11-12 : Weekend crime rampage in Pretoria

Postby GOSA » Fri, 2007-11-16 08:53

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Weekend crime rampage in Pretoria
Graeme Hosken
November 12 2007 at 10:41AM


A gang of armed robbers is suspected to be behind the murder of a city
home owner and the terror spree affecting Pretoria East residents.


The home owner, whose name police have declined to divulge, was shot
and killed early on Friday morning, after apparently becoming involved
in an argument with his attackers.


Four men forced their way into the family's home in De Villebois
Mareuil Drive in Moreleta Park. They tied up the man, his wife and
children.


After ransacking the house, the gunmen shot the man in the chest while
he was lying on the floor.


It is believed that the man, who is originally from Cape Town, became
angry after the gunmen threatened his wife and daughter.


The family managed to untie themselves and called paramedics, who took
the critically injured man to a local hospital, where he later died.


Police are investigating whether the same gang attacked another
Moreleta Park family in their home in Paul Street hours earlier.


The gang is also thought to be responsible for an attack on a Faerie
Glen family around the same time.


Police spokesperson Inspector Paul Ramaloko said a case of murder and
three cases of armed robbery were being investigated.


"No arrests have been made, but police are working non-stop to catch
those responsible," he said.


He said investigations had revealed that the murdered home owner was
killed after he apparently began arguing with an attacker. "The gunman
then shot the man in his chest while he was lying tied up on the
floor," he said.


Ramaloko said that it was not known whether anything had been taken.


Garsfontein Community Policing Forum chairperson Nick Pascoe said the
attacks were worrying and becoming more violent.


"The reason for the violence is that people are increasing their
security measures at their homes, making it tougher for criminals to
break in.


"This is forcing criminals to use more violence and to attack home
owners when they are at their weakest, such as when they are arriving
or leaving their homes."


o This article was originally published on page 3 of Pretoria News on November 12, 2007
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