Blue-light pair pepper-spray motorist and flee with R150 000

2012-05-16 00:00

A PIETERMARITZBURG businessman motioned to stop by two uniformed men in a vehicle with a flashing blue light did what any law-abiding citizen would do: he pulled over.

But instead of being asked to produce his licence, he was robbed of R150 000 cash and a laptop for his trouble.

“I’d just withdrawn money from inside the Nedbank branch at Hayfields Plaza at about 10 am and was making my way to Durban via the Polly Shortts route,” he said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The man, a transport contractor, intended to use the cash to pay his workers’ wages, he said.

He said he had taken his attackers, who were in a white VW Golf 5, for law enforcement authorities.

“One guy in a uniform resembling that of an RTI [Road Traffic Inspectorate] officer came to my window while another guy went to the passenger side,” he said.

“I heard the passenger window shatter and I was then pepper-sprayed.”

The man said the “officers” got away with his laptop bag containing the cash, which was on the seat.

They also took his watch and a cellphone.

“I carry two cellphones. They took one and destroyed it. They did not know I had a second one on me, which I used to call the police.”

Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said the possibility that the man had been followed from the bank could not be ruled out.

In a similar incident, Johannesburg businessman Ryan Pickford was robbed of a Porsche by a blue light gang, also driving a white VW Golf, on Friday.

Earlier this year, a woman was abducted at the Liberty Midlands Mall and robbed of R65 000 by three men posing as police officers.

A man pretended to have found a roll of money in front of the woman and convinced her to share that money.

As they left the mall three “policemen” confronted them, claiming to be investigating a case involving stolen money, and ordered them into a white BMW.

The woman was then robbed of the cash.

Earlier this year a Durban couple were reportedly robbed after being followed, having drawn cash from International Bank Vaults in Umhlanga.

Anyone with information about the Polly Shortts incident should call Warrant Officer Swami Pillay at 082 556 1380 or 033 845 8402.

• lunga.biyela@witness.co.za

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