Fake buyers make off with Hilton man’s goods

2013-05-10 00:00

ALL Etienne Dantuma of Hilton wanted to do was sell his flat-screen television.

Instead, he was held up at gunpoint, tied up and sat on while the three men he thought were intending to buy his TV ransacked his house and took off with goods worth R70 000.

The incident happened after Dantuma (23) had advertised his TV on classifieds website Gumtree.

“After posting the ad, I got a call from a guy on the 7th [Tuesday] who said his name was Dave and he wanted to buy the TV,” he told The Witness yesterday.

They arranged to meet and on Wednesday three men arrived to view the TV at the house at Cherry Lane in Hilton.

“The guys came in and they said they buy and sell electronics,” said Dantuma, an Internet technician. The men left, saying they were going to view another TV.

When they returned, they told Dantuma they were ready to close the deal.

“They wanted contact details and as I was getting a piece of paper, one guy grabbed me from behind and put me on the ground.”

They tied him up with a lanyard while one of the men sat on him.

“It was such a shock because they were so friendly and casual. They seemed like they were really interested in the TV,” he said.

The men ransacked the house and loaded their bakkie with the LG television, another flat-screen TV, two Playstation consoles, 40 Playstation games, three external hard-drives, two Samsung monitors, a DVD/Blu-ray player, a cellphone, a car radio CD player, two sub-woofer speakers and camping equipment.

Then they locked him in.

After the men had left, Dantuma cut the lanyard with a nailclipper that was attached to it, climbed out the window and called the police from a neighbour’s house.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Detective Sergeant Bhekani Zondi at 033 845 6522 or 082 436 3036.

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