Two suspects arrested for robbing, assaulting 84-year-old man

The hard drive and router, which were recovered by police officers.

The sharing of information and keeping an open channel of communication between a complainant and the police has resulted in the arrest of two house robbery suspects.

This comes after an 84-year-old pensioner was held up at his home by two suspects, recently. It is alleged that the suspects had gained entry into the home and assaulted the pensioner before fleeing. An alert neighbour, who witnessed this incident immediately alerted police.

Sgt Moodley and Cnst Chetty of Chatsworth SAPS responded to the scene where they interviewed the complainant. At this stage, police established that the same property had been broken into on Friday, February 2 where the police officers had viewed the footage of the burglary and obtained the identikit of the burglar.

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On Friday, both officers left their contact details with the complainant. Communications officers of Chatsworth SAPS, Cpt Cheryl Pillay said, “Within hours of the house robbery, Sgt Moodley received information from the complainant that the suspects were seen at the Westcliff Sports Grounds.”

The police officers immediately proceeded to the grounds making use of another vehicle so that the suspects would not see the police approaching.

“Both police officers gave chase on foot, successfully apprehending the suspects. They seized a hard drive and a Telkom router,” she added. 

Further investigations revealed that the suspects had allegedly committed this robbery with the purposes of retrieving the video footage that could have possibly linked them to the burglary committed the previous week.

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Both accused, aged 27 and 20, will appear in the Chatsworth Magistrates Court soon. The station commander of Chatsworth SAPS, Brig Coenraad Marais commends the swift action taken by his fellow team.

“Their actions speak volumes of commitment and passion to assist the people of the community. The police officers gave their personal cellular numbers to the complainant to ensure that information was given. This trust and open communication between the complainant and the police has resulted in the arrests. Police are appealing to the public to heed to the advice given to the public. It could save your life,” he added.

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Nikita Chiniah

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