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Sterna Lewis and her boyfriend, Mario Engelbrecht, were gaming online last week, and in the midst of a live stream, when they became the victims of a robbery.
Meanwhile, the number of viewers on the live stream grew from four to 48 as concerned gamers tried to figure out where the family was so that they could send help.
It is reported via TimesLIVE that a three-man armed gang gained entrance into their Centurion estate by cutting through a fence, before ordering the couple to the ground:
“I saw out the corner of my eye my boyfriend going to the ground. I also felt something tugging on my headphones. Usually, it would be my son, wanting to tell me something so I stop my game to assist him. I thought it was him but this tug was harsh. My hair was being pulled.” Lewis told TimesLIVE.
“I turned and saw my boyfriend going to the ground and I was staring into a gun pointed in my direction. There were three men and one asked me to get on the ground and be calm.”
At that stage, Lewis asked the robbers if they could fetch her children, with the robbers replying that they were already aware the kids were in the house.
They then bought the children, aged nine and 12, to the same room to be tied up alongside their mother and her boyfriend, whose head was apparently covered with a black cloth.
The small screen in the bottom right-hand corner is what the gamers could see during the whole ordeal:
The three armed robbers had already collected Xboxes, TVs, and jewellery when a friend who was playing the game with them, and also lived in the same estate, arrived on the scene:
When the friend approached the garage, he heard unfamiliar voices inside. “He ran back to his vehicle and drove to the gate to get security and came back with them.”
Lewis said that the robbers heard the security personnel outside and made a run for it.
But they did leave some bread crumbs and loot along the way, including a bag containing tools, as well as Engelbrecht’s cellphone, which was dumped on the highway near the estate.
No arrests have been made yet, but with dumped loot full of fingerprints and evidence from the gaming community, the suspects, hopefully, won’t get too far.
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