‘Drunk’ hijackers prowl Scottsville

2015-05-20 06:00

A HIJACKER pretended to be a drunk man crawling along the road in a quiet residential area to distract a driver and allow his accomplices to steal the vehicle.

But the bad driving of the suspects, who eventually crashed, and the quick reaction of the SAPS, led to the arrest of two of men.

Cheryl Lombaard was leaving Ridge Junior Primary in Scottsville after attending an evening belly-dancing class last Thursday when she saw a man clutching a bottle crawling along the road.

Seconds later two men appeared at her door, forced it open and threw her out of the company-branded Corsa bakkie and into the gutter where she sustained multiple injuries.

“She is traumatised and slightly hurt. She has a bad knock on the leg and arm. A woman who witnessed the hijacking helped my wife call me and then several people phoned the police,” said her husband James.

He thanked the police for their “outstanding work”.

The bakkie belonged to the Lombaards’ engineering service - Mech-Tech.

A police source said the suspects were under the influence of alcohol and hit a kerb on the Edendale Road and collided with another vehicle. After the crash, the suspects fled. Two of the suspects, aged 18 and 19 were apprehended by the SAPS K9 unit and CAT, a joint team made up of private security and the police.

“We think the suspects can be linked to a criminal gang that is operating in the Scottsville area, targeting students.

“They have the same modus operandi, knives and balaclavas. Operating at night, the gang is targeting cellphones, laptops and cash. We suspect they needed a vehicle to transport the stolen goods hence the hijacking, but we are still investigating,” said the source.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said the Alexandra Road police station is investigating a case of hijacking.

“It is alleged that a victim was hijacked by three suspects. Two suspects will appear in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court soon,” Naicker said

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

PARTNER CONTENT
WATCH: How education can change a life

A university education gives students the chance to create a better future for themselves, their families and to opportunity achieve their dreams.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.