“Monday night is burger night, buy one get one free at Spur. that means fewer people home."


An interview with a notorious gang of robbers has shed some light on how crime is committed in South Africa.

The Brackenfell Community Policing Forum said it obtained an interview with an alleged member of the ‘crowbar gang.’

Who gangs target and when

“Monday night is burger night, buy one get one free at Spur. that means fewer people home. Tuesday night is pizza night and Wednesday is wacky Wednesday. Outside lights that are left on is an indication that no one is home.

“The flashing blue light of the alarm by the door is a indication that the alarm is activated and no one is home. To confirm, we ring the doorbell.”

the suspect selects areas based on the selling prices of houses and levels of security in the area.

So-called predominant white areas have more safes in their houses and invest their money in gold, jewellery, Kruger Rands – and most have a firearm safe with multiple firearms.

They also indicated that houses close to exit routes are better, “in order to escape when police chase.”

How much money robbers make

The robbers allegedly earn approximately R8,000 per week.

“A team of three makes R8,000 each by Thursday when you start Monday, What a we call winning the lotto is when we find a safe with Kruger Rands, expensive jewellery and firearms.”

“We sell the firearms, mostly to people in townships, because I don’t like guns. Most white people hide lots of money in safes to avoid tax. The most I found was R150,000.”

“Most safes are in the main bedroom, in the clothing cupboard; some are not even bolted –  but bolts don’t work, you just hit it hard with hammer; put the crowbar behind and take it out the wall.”

The alleged thief said they make most of their sales to foreigners who pay well and take the stolen merchandise out of the country or sell them online.

McCleland said that the cars used by gangs include VW Polos, Toyotas, BMWs and Mercedes.

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