The dedicated firefighters of a Cape Town fire station were robbed in the early hours of Tuesday morning when a stealthy burglar crept in and made off with their personal belongings, before leaping from the second storey of the building to evade capture.
The incident took place at the Belhar Fire Station at approximately 1.30 am on Tuesday.
“He gained access via an upstairs bathroom window after which he confronted and robbed a firefighter of a cellphone and necklace,” Mayco member for Safety and Security JP Smith said of the incident in a statement. “There was no injuries. The intruder attempted to enter another firefighter’s room but was blocked by other firefighters.”
“The attacker was lucky to escape without being arrested. He fled by flinging himself from a second-storey window and falling to the ground, as the firefighters were about to seize and detain him for arrest,” he added.
According to Smith, the case has been reported to police, who have security footage of the incident taking place.
“All affected staff have been offered assistance and no injuries were sustained.”