Theft victim tracks bakkie

2015-04-22 00:00

A MAN whose bakkie was stolen from his home in the Vulindlela area on Sunday night joined police in a chase through Edendale to catch the five culprits on Monday night.

Senzo Khumalo was not at home when his bakkie was stolen from his KwaMnyandu home.

He said he received a call from a friend on Monday evening, who told him he had spotted his abandoned bakkie in Edendale.

Khumalo called the police and then headed to the location given.

He said there were five men in the vehicle when he arrived, which was around the same time the police arrived.

“They tried to run away, but we ran after them and we caught them,” said Khumalo.

SAPS spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said Plessislaer officers arrested suspects between the ages of 18 and 29. “The docket has been transferred to the SAPS Vehicle Identification Section for further investigation of the circumstances surrounding the incident.”

Zwane said allegations that the five men stole the bakkie to loot Pakistani stores in the area would be investigated.

“Police will further investigate to ­determine whether the arrested suspects are linked to any of the cases of the ­looting of foreign nationals’ shops reported in the Pietermaritzburg area and surroundings.”

Zwane said a court date had not yet been confirmed, but the five men would appear in court “soon”.

• chelsea.pieterse@witness.co.za

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