Jonathan Hobday of the Mowbray CPF – which cover parts of Rondebosch and Rosebank as well as Mowbray — has the following report on recent crime in the area:
After a fairly-quiet spell over the last few weeks, we experienced a rather sharp spike in crime in Mowbray last week (March 11-18), especially robberies.
Most serious was an armed robbery last night (Sunday) at the Kwikspar in Durban Road (again!!!). It happened just after 9pm when a well-organised gang of six armed men staged a hold-up, taking staff and a few customers hostage and then rifling the safe for cash before making off with the CCTV hard-drive.
On Monday, just before noon, two gunmen followed two men from an Athlone bank, where they had drawn R9000 in cash, and then accosted them in Prieska Road, Sybrand Park, where they had gone to attend a prayer meeting. They took the cash.
On Sunday afternoon, a women was mugged in Belmont Road and had her laptop taken.
On Friday evening, a woman walking near the Caltex garage in Durban Road had her hand-bag snatched by a man who made off in a getaway Toyota.
There were four incidents of house-breaking: on Friday afternoon in Long Street; on Friday evening in Belmont Road; during the day on Monday at 23A Sawkins Road; and, on Tuesday during the day, a garage broken into at 1 Landseer Road (a person was arrested for this alleged offence).
Two motor vehicles were stolen during the week – a VW Polo was taken from Hare Street during the day on Saturday; and a Ford bakkie was taken on Thursday afternoon from outside the Red Cross Hospital in Klipfontein Road.
There were four thefts from cars – two daytime raids on Monday, one in Main Road and the other in Malleson Road; another break-in on Monday night in Marivee Road in Sybrand Park; and a daytime incident in Roseberry Road on Thursday.
Two attempted break-ins were also reported – on Monday in Queens Road and on Tuesday in Klipfontein Road.
There was also one case of assault after two Rhodes High pupils were involved in a fracas.