Appliances fall off truck, looters arrested

2013-09-14 00:00

THREE people were arrested after allegedly “helping themselves” to electronic appliances that spilled out of a truck that was involved in an accident in Howick yesterday.

Police spokesperson Captain Lolly Moodley said an accident involving a Value Logistics truck occurred during the early hours of yesterday and passers-by helped themselves to the electronic appliances that fell out of the truck.

“An accident was reported at the Howick SAPS around 3 am, after a truck driver lost control on the N3 southbound. The injured driver was taken to hospital and police had to guard the truck as community members were helping themselves to the goods,” said Moodley.

Howick police had to ask for back-up from the Pietermaritzburg K9 unit to prevent the looting of the truck until its goods were off-loaded into another truck.

An officer, who did not want to be named, told Weekend Witness that people were taking the appliances to their cars instead of helping the driver who was injured. The items stolen included flat-screen televisions, microwaves, DVD players, washing machines and radios that were inside the truck.

Road Traffic Inspectorate Zinhle Mngomezulu said the truck was off the road and did not obstruct traffic in the area.

Ian Pretorius from Value Logistics told Weekend Witness that drivers in the area started looting the truck after the accident.

“The truck had mixed appliances, including electrical appliances. It was travelling from Johannesburg to Durban. Now we can’t estimate what was stolen, but we sent all the goods to our Cato Ridge depot for assessment,” said Pretorius.

Moodley added the three people have been charged with theft and will appear in court on Monday.

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