Police in Mabopane are appealing to people using public WiFi access points to be on the lookout for criminals.
They were targeting people accessing WiFi near schools in the area, spokesperson Constable Petunia Chabangu said on Wednesday.
“We want to alert people who are using WiFi to access internet at the schools and library to be careful of the criminals because they are robbing them, especially from 14:00 and into the evening.”
She urged them not to go alone to avoid being robbed of cellphones, laptops and tablets. The thieves were armed with knives or guns.
Most of the victims could not identify the criminals. Since December there had been about 12 cases. Hotspots were Lebanon, Slovoville, Busheveld Road, and Molefe Makinta Road.