Man arrested with lock-jamming device

2011-02-18 17:32

Polokwane - A Limpopo man has been arrested after being caught using a device that is used to prevent cars from locking.

The 22-year-old was caught using the device in a parking lot in Polokwane at about 11:00 on Thursday, said Polokwane police spokesperson Warrant Officer Lesiba Ramoshaba.

“Police officers who were on duty spotted the suspect opening a parked car. Luckily, they had seen the owner, a 70-year-old woman, who was about 10 metres away from the car,” he said.

He said the woman was on her way to a chemist and was called back to identify a handbag, driver's licence and cash that the suspect had stolen from the car.

He said the suspect used a device that intercepts the connection between a car key and the car's automated locking facility.

"Basically, it stops the doors from locking," he said.

Ramoshaba said some car owners don't double check whether the car is locked once they've pressed the button on their car ring.

He urged car owners to be more vigilant and not to leave valuable items like laptops and bags on their car seats.

Similar incidents have also been reported around the Mankweng policing area near Polokwane.

The suspect is expected to appear in the Polokwane magistrate's court soon on a charge of theft out of a motor vehicle.

  • Carmaine Harrison - 2011-02-18 19:22

    Aaaah, South Africa - reaching new heights every day!

  • theoldmanofthemountains - 2011-02-18 22:01

    Wow, those cops should get a medal. I know they're just doing their job, but they did a fine job - very alert of them.

  • mbongenia - 2012-01-26 09:43

    its not a jamming device but just a garage remote so they say a simple house hold item that 1000s of us all have, but is now being used for the wrong reasons. lets all go to the basics....that is lock your car manually with its key for those with keyless entry thingy...manually check that its lock just five seconds will spare you from the wrath of loosing your valuable items in your car if not your car...

  • Richy - 2012-01-26 09:45

    Press keep on saying jamming device but you don't show us what kind of device or devices do the look like sothat we can be extra carefull.

      mbongenia - 2012-01-26 10:59

      they say its as garage door remote so you wont see it, they can simple use it while in their pockets

  • Letjiela - 2012-02-01 10:11

    i think they must as well charge the suspect with attempted theft of car and malacious damage to property

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