Smash and grab thieves attacking drivers

Gridlocked traffic in the Joburg CBD saw smash-and-grab thieves brazenly attacking drivers who had been immobilised by the heavy congestion yesterday evening.

"The problem in the inner city is one of extreme congestion as a result of a... sudden downpour of very heavy rain, causing the roads to become flooded," said metro police department spokesman Wayne Minnaar.

In a series of pictures taken from The Star building in Sauer Street, two men, one dressed in a shirt with the words "South Africa" and the national flag on the back, casually approached a silver VW Polo, robbing the driver of his cellphone.

The two then sauntered between the cars before striking again. This time, the vehicle in question was a silver Audi hatchback.

The robbers would attack at least one more vehicle, at the corner of Sauer and President streets, before casually continuing on their way down the road.

Thousands of vehicles passing through the CBD were caught up in the gridlock, many hooting to vent their frustration.

In recent months Sauer Street has seen a spate of smash-and-grab robberies, prompting FNB to employ a number of guards to patrol the traffic during peak hour.
This article was originally published on page 1 of The Star on April 01, 2010

Report ID: 241
Crime Category: Robbery
Province: Gauteng
Suburb: CBD
Address: Joburg CBD
Crime Date/Time: 31 Mar 2010, 00:03 AM
Reported By: Report A Crime
Reported Date: 1 Apr 2010, 11:04 AM
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