Guards shoot 'serial burglar' who targeted elderly

Gun. File picture
Gun. File picture
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An alleged house robber was shot dead during a shootout with security guards in KwaZulu-Natal on Monday.

The man allegedly entered a 73-year-old woman’s house while she was sleeping.

“She was allegedly threatened with a shotgun and robbed of her cellphone‚ cash as well as other items‚” the police said.

“The suspect was traced close to the scene and when security guards attempted to apprehend him‚ a shootout ensued which resulted in the death of the suspect.”

The police seized an unlicensed shotgun believed to have been used during the robbery.

“A case of armed robbery as well as an inquest docket was opened at Umhlali police station for further investigation.

“It is believed that the shotgun was taken from a house during an armed robbery in May this year. It is alleged that the suspect was targeting elderly people living in the area and could be linked to similar crimes.”