Robbers steal cop's vehicle, return it 45 minutes later

2017-08-16 18:32
SA police. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

SA police. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Bushbuckridge - A concerned traffic officer who stopped to help an “injured’’ man was tied up while robbers made off with his Ford Ranger and gun for an alleged robbery.

Officer Bruce Chiloane from Bushbuckridge told News24 on Wednesday that he was only trying to help when he saw a young man lying on the side of the road in Chochocho.

“I was on my way home from work when I saw a young man lying on the side of the road and he looked like he was hit by a car."

Chiloane explained that he felt bad after driving past the man and decided to reverse to help him.

“Before I knew it, there was a knock on the left window and when I raised my head to look, another young man was pointing a gun at me."

He said the man who pretended to be injured together with the armed man pulled him towards the bushes, disarmed him and tied together his hands and legs with cable ties. "They left me in the bush while they drove off with my car,” said Chiloane.

"I was told to behave. I was told that they needed my car and gun to go and rob the Pakistanis and that there was a safe that they needed. They said they would return my car and gun back to me."

According to Chiloane, the robbers returned after about 45 minutes.

"They untied me and told me they knew where I lived.

"They had no face masks and ordered me not to look at them in the face while they gave me back my car keys."

He said the two men also asked him to inspect his car to check if there were any damages.

The robbers also photographed Chiloane. “They said they wanted to be able to trace me in case I report them.”

Chiloane said although he is grateful that he was not killed, he remains worried that his gun was taken.

"What worries me more is that they might commit further crimes,” he said.

Spokesperson for Acornhoek SAPS, Mpo Nonyane, said a kidnapping and car hijacking case was opened and is being investigated.

There were no reports of a business robbery in the area.

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