Northdale church ransacked

It is believed that the robbers entered the church through a municipal servitude, cutting the fence which barricades the church from the servitude.  Once on the property, the suspects broke windows and door handles to the church’s office and kitchen.

Several appliances including a flat screen TV, music equipment, kettle, and projector were stolen   from the church.

The church caretaker, who was afraid for her name to be published, said she heard banging noises and voices from her room next to the church.

“I woke up to go and check to find that the door had been forcefully opened, “said the caretaker.

The robbers also cut the power cables in their attempt to gain access to the church.

“Everything had been misplaced and aggressively gone through, showing that these criminals have no respect for a sacred place of worship”, added the caretaker.

Chubb security was called onto the scene after being alerted by the caretaker of suspicious activity occurring in the church.

“As soon as the company was alerted of the incident the patrolling agents attended to the robbery, I can confirm that patrols have become a regular routine in the area,” said Lynne Bennett of Chubb security.

Residents neighbouring the church have also complained about the spiralling crime in the area.

“It’s frightening how vulnerable we’ve become to criminals entering our property,” said one neighbour.

SAPS North cluster spokesperson Captain Gay Ebrahim said police investigations continued and no arrests have been made.

Presbyterian Church office vandalized by robbers.

Bongeka Sibisi

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