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2020/10/07      |  Written By:  Captain C Weilbach   |   Province:  Gauteng

PRETORIA-The South African Police Service (SAPS) Brooklyn are not giving up in trying to solve three robbery cases that occurred a year ago.  An appeal is made to members of the public to assist the SAPS to locate the two suspects in the attached closed-circuit television photo footage.

In October last year a 26-year-old student was with a friend at a music studio in Lynnwood Glen busy with recordings.  They finished the recording at about 03:00.  As they were about to leave the building, two unknown men entered.  One was armed with a firearm and the other with a knife. 

His friend struggled with one of the suspects and was stabbed in the shoulders in the process.  The suspects demanded their cellphones and wanted laptops.  They forced the students to unlock the studio where they ransacked the place.  The students were tied up before the suspects fled with electrical appliance. 

In November last year a 22-year-old student was with six friends at his apartment at about 03:00 also in Lynnwood Glen.  Three unknown men entered the house and threatened the man and his friends with a firearm, a knife and a screwdriver.  The suspects ransacked the house and searched their victims for cellphones.  They locked them inside the house before they fled.

The next morning the suspects hit again at another address in Lynnwood Glen.  A 23-year-old man was asleep when two unknown men switched on the light of his bedroom during the early morning hours.  He and his friend were threatened with a firearm and a knife.  The suspects tied them up and ransacked the house before they fled.

Through police investigation it seems like the same suspects are responsible for all three robberies.  All the victims described the suspects in the same manner.  The one that was armed with a firearm (silver in color), is about 1.9 meters tall and the other one, armed with a knife, is about 1.4 meters tall.  Both suspects spoke Tswana.  In all three incidents, they were wearing gloves.  The suspects did not smell clean.  

The investigating officer, Sergeant Christo Jooste said that he is not giving up hopes for justice.  He is confident that there will be a breakthrough in the investigation with the assistance of members of the public who will possibly be able to identify the suspects in the footage.

Anyone with information can contact him at 064 307 8533 or during office hours at (012) 366 1766 or the Crime Stop on 08600 10111 or SMS Crime Line on 32211 to report it anonymously.

An appeal is made to members of the public to assist the SAPS to locate the two suspects