A mother and her son bravely evaded a smash and grab attack in the Johannesburg CBD last Saturday. They faced the terror on Albertina Sisulu Road and Mooi Street.
The woman confirmed that she was driving with her son when a man violently attacked the window of her car on the driver’s side. She told News24 that the attacker used a weapon that was similar to a hammer.
The suspect struct the window where her son was at the driving but, luckily, the glass failed to break.
“I believe that the charity we gave that morning, the Almighty was there, and angels are the reason why we were saved,” the mother said.
According to the lady and her son, the pair visited the local Jeppe police station hoping to draw quick action but were left in surprise after they were told to open the case at the Johannesburg Central police station instead.
“I am very disappointed in Jeppe police station. My son called me to tell me that they refused to open the case,” the woman said.
“So I told him, you are not driving downtown again… I didn’t want my son driving back in town,” she said.
According to police in the province, the Jeppe police station was due to take the case. The Guateng’s higher police authourities will therefore investigate the Jeppe station for turning down the smash and grab case they were not supposed to sort out.
Additionally, the cops say they have gotten wind of a group of suspects that have been terrorising motorists with smash and grab attacks in the area.
“We are working with other law enforcement agencies like [the] Johannesburg Metro Police Department and private security companies. There are some suspects using the same modus operandi that have been arrested. It shows that there are others that are still out there because it is starting to happen again,” Gauteng police spokesperson Captain Mavela Masondo said.
“But we will hunt for these ones and it’s just a matter of time before we arrest them as well. We are appealing to the community that if they become victims of such a crime, please report it to the nearest police station,” Masondo added.