The Bellville police is appealing to the public to assist with a murder, a business robbery and two cases of carjacking that occurred last week.
“In all four cases the investigations are ongoing and we are appealing to the public to assist the police in bringing the culprits to book,” said Captain Jonathan Blanckenberg, spokesperson of the Bellville police.
On Friday 5 May at about 14:00 the body of a 65-year-old man was found. He resided in Seesig Flats, Uys Krige Road, Loevenstein.
“Neighbours went to investigate after the television in the flat was loud and continued playing the same channel. They found the security gate forced open and upon entrance of the flat discovered the body. They contacted the police, and upon arrival, the body was found to be tied up with a rope wrapped around the whole body,” Blanckenberg said.
Forensic investigators were called to the scene and according to the forensic pathologist the body was estimated to have been there for more than 36 hours. A murder case has been opened.
Investigation in this matter is ongoing and anybody with information can call the investigating officer Sergeant Clinton Lategan on 082 259 2632. . On Saturday 11 May at about 19:20 a hijacking case was opened when a complainant was approached by three men and three women who demanded the complainant’s vehicle.
“The complainant was busy parking in the parking area opposite Teerpad Pub in Karoo Street in Bellville in his white Opel Corsa with registration CA 237378, when he was approached by the assailants.
They were armed with a firearm, demanded the vehicle and took off. After further investigation a well-known suspect was arrested in the morning on Monday 13 May by the detectives. The other suspects are still at large,” Blanckenberg said.
A hijacking case has been opened and the investigation is still ongoing. Anybody with information can call Sgt. Clinton Lategan on 082 259 2632.
Also on Saturday at 01:00 a carjacking took place when the complainant of a white Volkswagen Jetta with registration CA 967279 was approached by three men armed with two firearms.
“The complainant was parking his vehicle in the parking area in front of Buckley’s Pub in Edward Street, Upper Oakdale, when he was approached by the men.
“They drove towards the N1 and called his brother from his cellphone to demand R200 000 otherwise they were going to kill him. The suspects then stopped on the N1 and put him in the boot and drove around for a long time.
“The car stopped and the complainant was released by the suspects. No ransom money was paid and the investigation is still ongoing,” said Blanckenberg.
Anybody with information can call the investigating officer Sgt. Chriswin Lombard on 074 720 9929.. On Wednesday 8 May at about 09:00 a complainant and two clients of the Telkom Mobile Shop in Tyger Valley were robbed.
“They were approached by four armed men and the clients were robbed of their jewellery as well as cellphones from the shop. The suspects fled the scene and were picked up by a blue Toyota Avanza parked in the parking area, waiting on the suspects. A case of business robbery was opened and is still under investigation.
“Anybody with information can contact Sgt. Jerome Gertse on 083 321 0243. I am requesting the public not to approach armed robbers as they are dangerous and will not hesitate to use their firearms,” Blanckenberg said.
According to him the safety and security of people are more important to the police.
“There is currently a trend of business robberies in malls in and around the Bellville precinct.
“We as the police need your assistance and vigilance to assist us in the prevention of crime and the apprehending of these perpetrators. Therefore, it is requested to rather call security if the crime occurs in a mall or the police on 10111 with any information if a crime occurs,” he said.
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