Vehicle theft escalates

2016-08-03 06:00

THE Bethlehem police have warned vehicle owners to be vigilant after several vehicles had been reported stolen within a single week (16 July to 23 July).

A red Ford Sierra with registration number BNB 375 FS was stolen after the 53-year-old driver had been stopped by two unknown men.

Sgt. Mmako Mophiring, police spokesperson, said the suspects directed the driver’s attention to a “flat tyre”.

He said after the driver had fallen for this decoy, the suspects robbed him of an undisclosed amount of cash and his cellphone and fled the scene with the Ford Sierra, as well as the vehicle they had been travelling in.

In another incident, the driver of a Hyundai F100 (CZB 804 FS) arrived home, parked his vehicle and went into the house.

The vehicle, which is branded with pictures of fridges and microwaves, was later stolen.

Other vehicles stolen in a similar manner are a white Toyota Hilux (DT 16 JZ GP) and a red Toyota Corolla (CGL 052 FS).

One suspect, Johannes Nhlapo (24), has already appeared in the Bethlehem Magistrate’s Court in connection with the alleged theft of a motor vehicle.

His case was postponed for further investigation.

In this incident, the victim was driving at night when he stopped to offer help to what appeared to be an injured person lying in the street.

The Samaritan parked his vehicle, leaving the keys in the ignition to help the “injured” man.

Two armed men approached and threatened the victim before driving away in his car.

The vehicle was later located and Nhlapo was arrested.

Anyone who sees one of these stolen vehicles must immediately alert their nearest police station, call Crime Stop on 08600-10111 or send a tip-off via SMS to 32211.

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