Hunt for two armed robbers

Silverton police van. photo: Gopolang Chawane

The police have made an urgent appeal for information on those involved in a house robbery in the east of Pretoria.

Two men broke into a home in Nora Avenue, Willow Park Manor recently around 01:00 where they shot a man in his 30s.

Silverton police Captain Jan Sepato said police were urging the public to come forward with any information regarding the shooters.

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“These men have a docket open for attempted murder and burglary at the station,” said Sepato.

“They need to account for their crime.”

Sepato said the police believed they were hot on the heels of the culprits, but could not disclose more information as that might jeopardise the investigation.

“We are, however, welcoming any member of the public who would like to anonymously assist with information that may lead to the two’s arrest.”

The couple were sleeping in separate bedrooms when the woman awoke to a man standing in front of her bed.

The police said the woman was ordered to keep quiet.

“In an attempt to run she was thrown back into bed,” he said.

“While they struggled, two shots were heard from the passage.”

The burglar ran out of the room and she followed.

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In the passage she found her boyfriend in a critical condition, bleeding from his gunshot wounds.

Medics said the man was shot in his upper body and foot.

Sepato said robbers raided the house and fled with cellphones, laptops and other personal belongings.

Paramedics stabilised the patient on the scene and transported him to the Unitas hospital.

The police urged the residents to report any information to the Silverton police station or the emergency number 10111.

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