Armed robberies continue to plague the community of Phoenix. Four cases were recently reported to the police, who are now intensifying their warning to members of the public to stay vigilant at all times.
In the first incident, a taxi driver from Brooksfarm reported that on Monday July 1, at about 9pm, he left Durban with 15 passengers in his white Toyota Quantum to Phoenix.
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He dropped off some of the passengers and had eight remaining passengers as he approached Clayfield and Catford.
As he approached the stop, a male passenger withdrew a firearm and pointed it at him, demanding that he move to the back seat, where he assaulted him with his firearm.
One suspect drove the taxi while the other two robbed passengers of their bags, cellphones and cash. The suspects stopped the taxi at Riet River, Ottawa, where they jumped off and fled.
The next day, a woman was walking on Cardinal Road, near Stonebridge Drive, when she was accosted by two unknown men.
One of the men produced a firearm and robbed her of her cellphone and purse, before fleeing into the bushes towards Polar Park.
Phoenix SAPS responded immediately and police searched the area for suspects, however, they managed to evade capture.
In the third incident, a woman was walking outside a Phoenix mall towards an ATM to deposit money, when she was approached by three unknown men, one of whom was in possession of a knife.
The suspects opened the complainant’s handbag and removed two envelopes. One contained R2,300, while the other contained R35, 000. The suspects then fled towards the taxi rank.
In another incident, a 16-year-old was in the back of his uncle’s van with the canopy door opened as it was hot.
The van stopped at Bhambayi Grounds to drop off another passenger when two unknown men approached the victim and asked him for a cigarette.
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He informed them he that he had no cigarettes when one of the men produced a firearm and took the victim’s cellphone, a Huawei P10 and fled the scene.
Cpt Louise Naidoo, communications officer of Phoenix SAPS, said, “No shots were fired and no injuries were reported. The cellphone taken is valued at R8, 000.”
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