Man startled to find wife’s stolen car

2008-11-18 00:00

A businessman walking from a shopping centre in Pietermaritzburg yesterday morning could not believe his eyes as he stumbled upon his wife’s stolen car.

Mthokozisi Goba saw the car, with six strangers inside, parked outside the Capital Centre.

The registration plates had been changed, but Goba recognised the car, which disappeared on October 22, from the dents and stickers.

The suspects became suspicious of Goba, getting out and standing a short distance away as Goba called the police.

When the police arrived they questioned the men, but they denied any knowledge of the car, and they were allowed to go.

Police found a crowbar, a bolt cutter and two balaclavas inside the vehicle.

“This shows that the men were preparing to commit crimes with my wife’s car,” said Goba.

The vehicle was impounded by the police for further investigations. The police told him they would take fingerprints today, said Goba, a building constructor from Cleland.

His wife, Ntombifuthi Ngobese, said that on the day her vehicle was stolen she had parked it at the corner of Princess and Pietermaritz streets in the city centre.

“As I was walking back to my car I saw it driving away. I reported it to the police,” she said.

Ngobese said she suspects a link between the theft and the disappearance of her keys in February.

“After failing to find the key, I got another one from the locksmiths,” said Ngobese.

Police spokesman Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram said that when the police arrived the suspects had already abandoned the vehicle.

“Investigations at the scene could not positively link the alleged suspects to the stolen vehicle after consultation with the complainant.

“The registration plates on the vehicle were false and belonged to a Hyundai [from Phoenix],” said Budhram.

Budhram has appealed to anyone who might have seen the vehicle being abandoned to contact Detective Inspector Clive van Wyk at 073 652 6986.

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