Muggings on the rise in Rondebosch

Detective Constable Nkosinathi Tokoza, seated, and Detective Sergeant John Thomas from Rondebosch police.

Undercover officers are watching crime hot spots in Rondebosch after there were four muggings there in three days, say police.

On Sunday July 21, a woman was robbed of her cellphone while running on the Rondebosch Common around 2.30pm.

Warrant Officer Lyndon Sisam, of Rondebosch police, said the victim was approached by occupants of a black Opel Corsa.

“The male passenger got out the car and pointed a firearm at her.”

The man grabbed her cellphone before making a getaway in the car which had a woman behind the wheel.

Just minutes later, at 3pm, two muggers jumped a man walking through the Burg Road subway in Rondebosch. They threatened him with a knife and took his shoes, cellphone and house keys, said Warrant Officer Sisam.

Two muggers robbed a man at knife-point in Haldane Road, on Monday July 22, at 11am. They took his bag and cellphone, said Warrant Officer Sisam.

The victim alerted officers on patrol who chased the muggers. They recovered the man’s phone and arrested a suspect.

Rondebosch detectives, Detective Sergeant John Thomas and Detective Constable Nkosinathi Tokoza, arrested a second suspect in Khayelitsha.

On Tuesday July 23, a mugger with a knife took a backpack from a man walking in Rouwkoop Road at about 6pm. In the bag were held his cellphone, laptop, wallet and earphones, said Warrant Officer Sisam.

The police advise the public to not display valuables or talk on cellphones while walking, not resist if confronted by a mugger and go to a well-lit area if being followed.

If you have information about any of the crimes call Rondebosch police at 021 685 .2476