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Sons’ safety GB mom’s priority during burglary

Gordon’s Bay police are investigating a case of house robbery after a mother and her two sons fell victim to three brazen armed robbers who targeted their home on Tuesday (8 May) evening.

According to Ioannis Karsaf (38) the incident occurred shortly after his wife, Gina (33) dropped off her elderly parents, who are visiting and staying over at a guest house down the road from theirs in Strelitzia Street. Gina was accompanied by their two sons, aged nine and seven.

Karsaf said when his wife returned home she noticed the side gate, which could be unlatched only from inside, and a cubicle where they hang washing, were open.

“After parking the car and closing the garage, she opened the side door to close the gate when she was surprised by three unknown armed men,” he said.

Karsaf said he was very proud of his wife who, while being threatened by gun-wielding men, managed to remain calm. This, even after the men allegedly told her: “We know your husband returns home from work only at 21:30.”

She also informed the robbers she had two young children inside and begged that they go along with her story. Karsaf explained that after the men forced his wife inside, she told the children, who had already settled in the TV room, not be alarmed by the men who were security officers with the family’s security provider, Gordon’s Bay Security and popped in for necessary security checks.

“One of the men watched over the children, while the other two accompanied my wife to the bedrooms downstairs,” Karsaf said. “The men proceeded to ransack the house. They locked my wife and sons in the cellar before attempting to flee the scene in the Mercedes Benz, which was parked in the garage.”

Karsaffurther said his wife, with help from her sons, later managed to open the cellar and activate the alarm at 20:05 after locking themselves in the bedroom.

The men allegedly made off with valuables worth an estimated R300 000. Among the items looted were two television sets, a Playstation, laptop, iPad, two cellphones and jewellery worth more than R200 000. Although the men didn’t make off in the family’s car, they did take the master and spare key of the vehicle, including the house keys.

“As a father, I wish I could have been there to protect my family,” Karsaf said. “But I realise the possibility of an escalated situation if I had been present. I am very proud of my wife for handling the situation as well as she did.”

Karsaf relocated to Gordon’s Bay from Rustenburg in January, with plans to open a business in Strand.

Anyone with information can phone Sergeant Willenecia Spogter at Gordon’s Bay police on 021 856 2317.

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