Furniture truck found ‘delivered’ after theft

2017-05-30 06:00

Steenberg police are looking for two furniture thieves after a furniture delivery truck was stolen in St Boniface Street last Thursday.

Steenberg police spokesperson Warrant Officer John Bartlett says the truck driver and his two co-workers were apparently busy delivering furniture when the incident happened.

“His colleagues took furniture inside the house and the victim guarded the truck. He was approached by two unknown men. He became suspicious and started the truck, ready to drive. One of the thieves came to the driver’s side and pulled the keys out of the ignition and pointed a firearm at the victim’s face.

“He moved to the passenger side and managed to run away. He later saw the thieves driving off with the white Toyota Dyna truck.

“The truck, which belongs to Standard Furniture, was loaded with furniture at the time of the robbery. It was later recovered in the Muizenberg area.

“No shots were fired and no arrests have been made.”

In a separate incident on the same day at about 21:30 a 20-year-old woman was driving at the corner of Military Road and Prince Georges Drive, Steenberg. She was reportedly approached by an unknown man who took out a firearm and forced her to open her car.

“The man requested money and when she informed him that she didn’t have any, he told her to drive. While she was driving he went through her bag and stole her iPhone 6 to the value of R12 000 .

“The man ordered her to drive in the direction of Lavender Hill and there he took the car keys. Before he fled, he threw the keys to one side and she retrieved it and drove home.

“Steenberg police have opened a case of kidnapping and armed robbery and the investigation continues. No arrests have been made,” says Bartlett.

Bartlett says members of the community are once again requested to be aware of their surroundings and as far as possible to walk in groups to public transport.

“According to reported crime there are a group of men roaming the streets with a woman. The woman acts like she is disabled and asks passersby for help.

“When the victim wants to help, the men appear and rob the unsuspecting person of his belongings. Drivers are not to give hitchhikers a lift as cases was reported of a woman hitchhiking and then the driver getting robbed of his belongings. The woman will ask the driver to drop her off at a certain place and then the men appear and rob the driver,” says Bartlett.

V Anyone with information on these incidents should call Steenberg police on 021 702 9000 or Crime Stop on 0860 010 111

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